Rubio: I don’t want to be Trump’s VP

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenators highlight national security threats from China during rare public hearing Rubio presses DNI to investigate alleged unmasking of Tucker Carlson Senate holds sleepy Saturday session as negotiators finalize infrastructure deal MORE (R-Fla.) on Monday said he has no interest in becoming Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMajority of Americans in new poll say it would be bad for the country if Trump ran in 2024 ,800 bottle of whiskey given to Pompeo by Japan is missing Liz Cheney says her father is 'deeply troubled' about the state of the Republican Party MORE’s running mate.

“While Republican voters have chosen Donald Trump as the presumptive GOP nominee, my previously stated reservations and concerns with many of his policies remain unchanged,” he said in a Facebook post.


“He will be best served by a running mate and by surrogates who fully embrace his campaign,” Rubio added. "As such, I have never sought, will not seek and do not want to be considered for vice president.

“Instead, I will focus my attention on representing the people of Florida, retaining a conservative majority in the Senate and electing principled conservatives across the country."

Trump suggested last week he could ask Rubio to join his ticket despite their bitter rivalry during the race their party's presidential nomination.

“Marco’s a good guy, a really nice guy, and I like him,” Trump said last Thursday. “But not necessarily with respect to any position, but it could happen.”

Rubio implied late last month he was warming to Trump despite his previous criticism of the billionaire.

“[Trump’s] performance has improved significantly,” said Rubio, who suspended his own campaign in March.

Trump said last week he is likely to announce his vice presidential pick at the Republican National Convention in July. Reports emerged last week that retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson would serve on the selection committee finding Trump’s running mate.

Carson, another former Republican White House hopeful, said last Thursday he would not seek the role himself.

“I don’t want to be a distraction,” he said. “I’m sure you remember how crazy the media was about me. It’s too important a time in our life.”

Trump has since floated other vanquished GOP presidential primary foes — including Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense: Senate panel votes to scrap Iraq war authorizations | Police officer fatally stabbed outside Pentagon ID'd | Biden admin approves first Taiwan arms sale Senate panel votes to repeal Iraq war authorizations America's pandemic of COVID hypocrisy MORE (Texas) and Gov. John Kasich (Ohio) — as possibilities. 

Updated at 5:10 p.m.