Even if Donald Trump does not pick Newt Gingrich as his running mate, the former U.S. House Speaker may still have a job in the billionaire's administration.
Trump is considering picking Gingrich for a top national security post should he be elected president, according to three people familiar with the the candidate's thinking.
A longtime backer of Trump's campaign, Gingrich was added to the short list of vice presidential candidates in May. While Trump could still ask Gingrich to join the ticket, his focus has narrowed in recent days to Indiana Governor Mike Pence and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the Washington Post reported on Monday.
A national-security role in a potential Trump administration could be a good fit for Gingrich. He holds a doctorate in European history and is known for his intellectual curiosity. In Congress, he immersed himself in military affairs and intelligence issues, and in 2001 he was named by then-President George W. Bush to serve as a member of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board. Like Trump, Gingrich is a staunch critic of the the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran.
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Asked about the potential role, Gingrich said, "I know nothing of this."
The Trump campaign did not immediately return requests for comment.
At a campaign rally last week in Cincinnati, Ohio, Trump was coy about what position Gingrich might hold in his administration, but signaled that the former speaker would have a role.
"Newt has been my friend for a long time. And I'm not saying anything, and I'm not telling even Newt anything, but I can tell you, in one form or another, Newt Gingrich is going to be involved with our government," Trump said. "That I can tell you."
—With assistance from David Knowles, Billy House and Kevin Cirilli.