Sessions: Don’t bet on me being Trump's VP

Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Maxine Waters unleashes over Trump COVID-19 response: 'Stop congratulating yourself! You're a failure' Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House MORE’s lone Senate supporter threw cold water on the notion that he might be chosen as the Republican presidential hopeful's running mate on Thursday.

Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsAlabama postpones March 31 GOP Senate runoff Biden has broken all the 'rules' of presidential primaries The Hill's Campaign Report: Defiant Sanders vows to stay in race MORE (R-Ala.) told reporters outside the Senate chamber that he has no expectation of being Trump’s vice presidential candidate and has not spoken with him about who could be on the ticket.


“I think that would not happen,” Sessions said. “I have not talked with him about it.”

“Don’t bet any money on me.”

Trump has claimed in recent interviews that he would likely pick an established politician as a running mate if he were to become the GOP presidential nominee.

Trump would choose “somebody that can walk into the Senate and who’s been friendly with these guys for 25 years, and people for 25 years, and can get things done,” he told The Washington Post in an interview published over the weekend. “So I would 95 percent see myself picking a political person as opposed to somebody from the outside.”

The comments raised speculation that Sessions — the only current member of the Senate to have endorsed Trump’s presidential bid — might be on the short list.

The betting website Paddy Power is offering 9-to-1 odds that Sessions will be the Republican vice presidential candidate; that’s better than the 10-to-1 odds for Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump seeks to sell public on his coronavirus response Rubio knocks coverage of US coronavirus cases as 'grotesque' and 'bad journalism Lessons from the front line — Florida's fight with sea level rise MORE (R-Fla.), a former presidential candidate.

Trump has faced a tremendous amount of opposition from within his own party, raising questions about whether he will be able to secure the 1,273 delegates necessary to be the nominee before the summer convention.

In recent weeks, he has been in contact with prominent Republican lawmakers including Sens. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchBottom line Bottom line Trump administration backs Oracle in Supreme Court battle against Google MORE (Utah) and Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonSunday shows preview: Lawmakers, state governors talk coronavirus, stimulus package and resources as pandemic rages on White House, Senate reach deal on trillion stimulus package The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Airbnb - Trump, Dems close in on deal MORE (Ark.), which some have interpreted as an attempt to unify the party.

Hatch on Thursday told reporters that he talked by phone with Trump last month, and that it had been a "very decent conversation.”

“I think highly of him, there's no question about it,” Hatch said.

In coming weeks, that type of outreach appears likely to intensify. It has been reported that Trump's campaign will begin regular meetings with lawmakers on the Hill, starting as early as next week. 

“I think we’ll be able to see a strengthened Washington presence, which I support,” Sessions said. “And I think we’re going to see a slowdown in the rapidity of these primaries, a better opportunity for him to begin to talk personally with more key people. “ 

Naomi Jagoda contributed