Former President Donald Trump praised Republican primary opponent Vivek Ramaswamy on Tuesday, saying he is “not done yet” after Ramaswamy ceased airing television advertising in Iowa and New Hampshire.
In response to a story regarding Ramaswamy’s decision to suspend advertisements in the two states, Trump said on Truth Social, “He will, I am sure, Endorse me.” But Vivek is a decent man who isn’t finished yet!”
While Ramaswamy is technically running against Trump, many have accused him of being a Trump surrogate since entering the Republican primary earlier this year.
Following NewsNation’s GOP primary debate earlier this month, Trump congratulated Ramaswamy on his victory.
“Birdbrain looked different & lost, but I give her second place,” Trump wrote of Nikki Haley. “Vivek WINS because he thinks I’m great.”
Ramaswamy published a video calling on all Republican presidential candidates to withdraw from the ballot in solidarity with Trump after the Colorado Supreme Court blocked Trump from appearing on the state’s ticket earlier this month.
On Tuesday, Ramaswamy defended his decision to cease television commercial spending in Iowa and New Hampshire, calling such advertisements “a trick that political consultants use to bamboozle candidates who suffer from low IQ.”
“We’re doing it differently,” he wrote. Spending money in a way that is data-driven appears to be a crazy idea in US politics. On January 15, there will be a big surprise.”