Former President Donald Trump has expressed admiration for Vivek Ramaswamy and believes the 38-year-old entrepreneur could be a strong Vice Presidential candidate if he moderates his controversial statements. Ramaswamy, previously an unknown figure, has gained prominence as a vibrant and anti-establishment contender in the GOP primary.
In an interview with Glenn Beck on BlazeTV, Trump spoke favorably of Ramaswamy as a potential Vice President, describing him as very intelligent with good energy. Trump emphasized that Ramaswamy should exercise caution with his statements, advising him to be more reserved.
Ramaswamy shares certain policy stances with Trump, such as advocating for abolishing the Department of Education and endorsing military actions against Mexican drug cartels. He has also proposed unique ideas, including freezing Ukraine’s current territorial boundaries in exchange for conditions like Russia’s detachment from China and Ukraine’s non-participation in NATO.
During a campaign stop in Iowa, Ramaswamy suggested defending Taiwan from China until the U.S. achieves semiconductor independence. He has expressed concerns about U.S. aid to Israel and has engaged in a back-and-forth with former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley about his stance on Israel funding.
Ramaswamy’s memorable performance during a GOP debate drew attention, where he engaged in fiery exchanges with political figures like former Vice President Mike Pence, Nikki Haley, and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. In response to criticisms, Ramaswamy introduced himself as the “skinny guy with a funny last name” and posed a choice between a Super PAC-backed candidate and a truth-speaking patriot.
A poll conducted by DailyMail.com indicated that Ramaswamy and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis were tied for the best performance in the debate. Despite his rapid rise to prominence, Ramaswamy’s views have sparked both enthusiasm and controversy within the GOP primary landscape.