Donald Trump, in search of a running mate, met privately with Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa on the Fourth of July. Trump began the process of vetting Ernst as a possible running mate just a few days ago, according to a New York Times report, and it appears that their meeting went well — in a tweet issued this morning, Trump praised the Republican senator for doing “a fantastic job for the people of Iowa,” promising that he “will see her again.” Trump’s staff has declined to issue a formal statement on the sit-down, but Ernst told the Times that she “had a good conversation with Donald Trump” and that she would “continue to share [her] insights with Donald about the need to strengthen our economy, keep our nation safe, and ensure America is always a strong, stabilizing force around the globe.”
Ernst, an Iraq war veteran, was elected to the Senate in 2014 and delivered the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address in 2015. She has taken fire from critics for her support of “nullification,” a policy that holds states should be allowed to nullify federal laws that they don’t support, denying man-made climate change, and insisting, in 2014, that there had been WMDs in Iraq.
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