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Trump goes out of his way to defend Kristi Noem for shooting a dog

Former President Donald Trump (left) and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (right).
Ethan Miller via Getty Images; Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images

  • South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem was hit by a barrage of criticism after she said she shot her own dog.
  • But former President Donald Trump says he’s not too bothered by the bad press.
  • “She had a bad week. We all have bad weeks,” Trump said.

Former President Donald Trump doesn’t seem too bothered by the criticism surrounding South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s decision to shoot his dog.

“I think she’s great. Some tough stories, no doubt about it,” Trump said in a statement. interview on “The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show” airing Tuesday.

“The dog story, people hear it, and people in different parts of the country probably feel a little differently, but it’s a tough story. She had a bad week. We all have bad weeks,” he continued.

Noem was hit by a barrage of criticism after revealing in her memoir that she shot her 14-month-old dog, Cricket. In her book, Noem described the dog as “untrainable” and “dangerous.”

The anecdote sparked bipartisan outrage, with some Republicans saying Trump should not choose Noem as his vice presidential nominee.

Trump, meanwhile, was more lenient in his assessment of Noem. On the podcast, he speculated that Noem might have had a team of bad ghostwriters.

“Sometimes you do books, and you have a guy who writes a book, and you maybe don’t read it as carefully. You also have ghost writers. They help you, and, in this case, they don’t didn’t help much,” Trump said.

Trump himself worked with ghostwriters — he hired journalist Tony Schwartz to write his bestselling 1987 book, “The Art of the Deal.”

Trump’s defense of Noem this week suggests that despite the swirl of bad press, she may still have a chance of being chosen to be his running mate.

The former president has a long list of contenders to choose from, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and Ohio Sen. JD Vance. Trump, however, has remained coy about who his final choice will be so far.

Trump’s choice of a vice presidential candidate could have huge implications for his campaign’s fundraising abilities as he heads into the home stretch of the election race. His campaign team said it raised more than $76 million in April, Politico reported May 4, citing a person familiar with the matter.

Republican Party megadonor Ken Griffin told the Qatar Economic Forum on Tuesday that he’s “going to see” who Trump’s running mate is before deciding whether or not to donate money to the Republican Party campaign. The hedge fund billionaire declined to specify who his preferred vice presidential candidate is, according to Bloomberg.

Representatives for Trump and Noem did not immediately respond to BI’s requests for comment sent outside of normal business hours.

News Source : www.businessinsider.com
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