Trump, currently the GOP front-runner for the 2024 presidential nomination, shared the stage with Scott and other former opponents in the Republican race at a rally in New Hampshire before Tuesday’s first primary.
The former president said in introducing Scott: “Everybody knows him and today was a big story — the biggest story out there. He’s engaged to be married. We never thought this was going to happen, what’s going on?”
Donald Trump poking a little fun at Tim Scott’s engagement.
"He's engaged to be married… We never thought this was going to happen. What's going on?”
— Lucky (@TheMagaHulk) January 23, 2024
Scott, 58, announced his engagement to Charleston interior designer and mother of three Mindy Noce, 47, on Sunday. He shared a photo of him taking a knee to propose, and noted that she said yes.
Scott was the only person in the race at the time who was single, something that reportedly gave potential donors pause.
He dropped out of the race days later, however.
On stage Monday, the senator and two other ex-presidential candidates, Vivek Ramaswamy and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, were merely hype men for Trump’s showdown against Nikki Haley, his former U.N. ambassador, in the primary.
It’s not clear whether the appearance of the three former candidates is any kind of harbinger of whom Trump would pick as a running mate.
Trump previously said that he had already made his selection about a running mate, but he wouldn’t say who it was. This week, though, he said that person only has a 25% chance of being the one.