Trump considering Senator who served in Iraq and Afghanistan for running mate

Donald Trump (left) and Senator Tom Cotton (right)

Since Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee for President many are wondering who he will pick as his running mate to oppose the Hillary Clinton -the likely Democratic nominee.

While Trump has not officially stated who his Vice President running mate will be, he did make hints that a junior Senator from Arkansas was on his mind.

During an interview yesterday with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, the host suggested Trump pick either Senator Cotton or New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as his running mate, according to Fox 16.

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump declined to reveal who he is considering, but had good things to say about the 39-year-old Senator who fought as an Army infantry officer in Iraq and Afghanistan after graduating from Harvard.

“I’ve gotten very good, you know, very good statements from Senator Cotton, who is a, you know, who I know, whose parents I know and met,” Trump said. “I think that he is a very talented guy. He’s also very popular. He’s a very popular person. So these are two names that I have high on the list for something at least, that I can tell you.”

Hewitt suggested Conton’s military experience could help Trump’s campaign.

Senator Cotton has made headlines over the past few months for his vocal opposition of the nuclear deal with Iran.

In April he tweeted, “No. @PressSec my focus is on stopping US dollars from going to a terror-sponsoring regime that’s murdered US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan,” to White House Press Secretary John Earnest, while adding in a follow-up, “My amendment simply seeks to stop US dollars from going to Iran.”

In 2006, Cotton was serving as platoon leader with the 101st Airborne Division during “the Surge” in Iraq-mainly centered around Baghdad.  During this time, almost 500 U.S. deaths have been contributed to highly lethal bombs, known as explosively formed penetrators, or EFPs, that Iran manufactured and supplied to Shiite militias across the border in Iraq, according to a Military Times report last year.

The estimate of 500 American deaths is probably on the low side, said David “Bo” Bolgiano, a retired Army Special Forces officer who deployed to Iraq in 2006 and 2007 with the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization.

“When I was a platoon leader in Iraq, my soldiers and I faced deadly roadside bombs, made and supplied by Iran,” Cotton said in a statement. “I tried to reassure them, but I could only tell them to hope it wasn’t our day to die by Iran’s roadside bombs. If Iran obtains a nuclear weapon, I fear the United States will only be able to hope it isn’t our day to die by an Iranian nuclear bomb.”

Senator Cotton could not confirm that Trump has reached out to him as a candidate, stating to the independent journal that he is not being vetted for the job.

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