President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he has no idea who his running mate will be and has no plans to select a woman.
“We’re not going to talk about it until we make that decision,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“It’s not a run to win.
It’s a run because we need the best person to be the best president we can be.”
Trump has repeatedly suggested that he will pick a female running mate, which could be a major departure from previous Republican nominees.
He said in August that he would pick a woman to lead his transition team, and he announced in May that he is seeking a woman for his top diplomat, the Secretary of State.
But Trump has not named a running mate.
Trump has also been weighing his options for running the federal government, a position he has held for months.
In April, he said that he had a “great conversation” with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus about his options, but the discussion did not involve a potential run for president.
Priebus told the Washington Examiner last month that Trump is “still talking to people.”
“I’m not ready to say anything about a potential bid.
I think we have a great relationship.
But I haven’t heard anything from the president,” Priebus said.
Trump did not address the question of a female candidate on MSNBC during Tuesday’s show, though the host said he had not heard any recent speculation about a possible pick.
He did say that he believes there are two people who could be the two candidates he’s most excited about, and the other is a “really smart woman.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.