Republican presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy said Sunday that, if he wins the 2024 election, he would ask former President Donald Trump to serve as his adviser and mentor.
“I want to build on the foundation Trump laid,” the former biotech businessman told NBC’s Chuck Todd. “I don’t want to relearn the same lessons. I want to pick up where he left off in taking on the administrative state.”
Ramaswamy, who in the absence of front-runner Trump attracted the most attacks from his rivals in last week’s first GOP primary debate, suggested Trump had been “duped” by his own White House advisers who warned against firing swaths of federal employees.
“Read the law,” he urged Todd. “Turns out those civil service protections only apply to individual firings, not to mass layoffs. Mass layoffs are absolutely what I will bring to the D.C. bureaucracy.”
Elsewhere in their interview, Todd sparred with Ramaswamy over his contradictory comments about former Vice President Mike Pence’s certification of the 2020 election.
Last week, Ramaswamy faced criticism for comparing Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), who is Black, to one of the “modern grand wizards of the modern KKK.”
Watch the interview here:
WATCH: @VivekGRamaswamy said Trump was the best president of the 21st century Wednesday, but he's running against him in 2024.
He says he'd invite Trump to be an "adviser" and "mentor" in his WH on #MTP.
"I don't want to re-learn the same lessons." pic.twitter.com/pR3wLvBWqN
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) August 27, 2023