GOP presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE says a top adviser to President George H.W. Bush tried to gauge his interest in running for vice president during the 41st president’s 1992 reelection campaign.
“Well, you know, Lee Atwater was a very good friend of mine, as you may have known,” Trump said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.
“And I was asked that question by Lee. He said what do you think of that idea?” Trump continued. “I said, 'I don’t know, Lee, you can check it out if you want but it doesn’t sound right,' because at that time I had no political aspiration.”
Bush wrote in his diary at the time that the proposal was “strange and unbelievable,” a new biography about the 41st president revealed.
Trump said he considered it, but the talks never moved beyond speculation.
Bush ended up retaining Vice President Quayle as his running mate in his unsuccessful reelection bid.