Former Attorney General William Barr told NBC that he would “jump off a bridge” if President Donald Trump wins the GOP nomination for the 2024 election.
Barr, a registered Republican, asserted that he “strongly oppose[s] Trump for the nomination.”
However, he refused to say which way he would vote if Trump faced off against President Joe Biden in an election rematch.
NBC contacted over 40 of Trump’s cabinet members for their thoughts on the presidential race.
Those backing Trump’s bid for another term include former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, Mark Meadows, former budget chief Russell Vought, Richard Grenell, and Ben Carson.
Vought said earlier: “I’ve seen his willingness up close and behind closed doors.
“My friend and former boss is going to finish what he started.”
Former chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney came out against Trump, however.
“I am working hard to make sure that someone else is the nominee,” Mulvaney said.
“I think he’s the Republican who is most likely to lose in a general election, of all our leading candidates. If anyone can lose to Joe Biden, it would be him.”
Ben Carson, Trump’s former housing director, said, “Donald Trump is my friend and would make a fantastic president, and if I have an announcement to make about 2024, I’ll look forward to doing so in an appropriate way.”
Ryan Zinke, who served as Trump’s interior secretary, said: “I think the president is on a glide slope right now, but he’s got some hurdles.
“From an individual who worked for him, I know he’s tough.
“They’re throwing everything at him, and he’s got some significant hurdles ahead.
“I take the indictment seriously, I think everyone should.
“So he’s got some tough hurdles before him, but I tell you what, there’s only one Donald J. Trump.”
Barr asserted that he is standing firmly against Trump, however.
“I have made clear that I strongly oppose Trump for the nomination and will not endorse Trump,” Barr told NBC News.
When asked how he would vote if the election is Trump against Biden, Barr said: “I’ll jump off that bridge when I get to it.”