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Psaki pushes back on idea that Biden’s presidency is ‘Obama’s 3rd term’

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When Newsmax’s Emerald Robinson asked Press Secretary Jen Psaki to comment on how some are suggesting Biden’s presidency is “Obama’s 3rd term,” Psaki responded with another question: “Who’s saying that?”

Robinson pointed out in a press conference Friday that many of the Biden administration’s employees came from Obama’s administration. Psaki herself was Obama’s press secretary during his campaign and Communications Director during his presidency.

Next, Robinson asked what Psaki has to say to people with “a growing perception that this is really just the third term of President Obama.” Instead, Psaki pushed back on the question, and asked her who has this perception.

“The media,” Robinson said.

“Who in the media?” Psaki pushed back.

“Different people,” Robinson said. Then she pointed out that Vice President Kamala Harris has been more involved than other vice presidents. Psaki ended the conversation by asking to see the data later.

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Trump has chosen his 2024 running mate but hasn’t told them yet

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During a campaign stop on Saturday, former president Donald Trump announced he has chosen his running mate for Vice President; but they are unaware they have been picked by the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

They will know soon, as the vice-presidential choice will be attending the debate between Trump and President Joe Biden set to take place next week, Trump said.

The first presidential debate between Trump and Biden will air on CNN in primetime for 90 minutes. Trump will be hoping Joe Biden’s age and apparent mental decline will be on display for a national audience.

National Review writes of the VP rumors thus far for the Republican ticket:

North Dakota governor Doug Burgum, Florida senator Marco Rubio, South Carolina senator Tim Scott, and Ohio senator J. D. Vance are names that have come up repeatedly in news reports detailing Trump’s vice-presidential selection process.

Burgum emerged as a vice-presidential option after running a long-shot GOP presidential campaign and becoming a surrogate for Trump upon dropping outof the 2024 primary.

“He’s very well regarded within the Trump circle,” a senior official in Trump’s orbit previously told NR regarding Burgum’s VP chances. He was one of many contenders slated to attend the Republican National Committee’s annual donor retreat in May.

National Review adds Rubio’s prospects of being Trump’s running mate are complicated by the Twelfth Amendment’s language preventing a presidential and vice-presidential candidate from having the same state of residence. Trump changed his official residency to Florida during his presidential term.

South Dakota governor Kristi Noem, Florida representative Byron Donalds, and New York representative Elise Stefanik are other Republicans who have been floated as potential VP selections.

Noem’s vice-presidential chances diminished significantly because of a story she told in her new memoir about killing her dog two decades ago, drawing outrage and bewilderment from across the political spectrum.

Stefanik and Donalds are two of Trump’s most prominent supporters among House Republicans.

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