According to Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, she turned down President Trump’s VP offer because her husband “hated any successes I have”.
Ernst is in the midst of divorcing her husband of twenty-six years and in the affidavit filed as part of divorce proceedings, she says “in the summer of 2016, I was interviewed by Candidate Trump to be vice president of the United States. I turned Candidate Trump down, knowing it wasn’t the right thing for me or my family. I continued to make sacrifices and not soar higher out of concern for Gail and our family.”
Her husband states in the affidavit, “I gave up all my aspirations and goals to be a good dad and husband so Joni could pursue her dreams.”
From The Guardian:
The Iowa Republican met with Trump in New Jersey at his Bedminister golf course on 4 July 2016 and gave a positive statement about the meeting. However, within two days, Ernst told Politico: “I made that very clear to him that I’m focused on Iowa. I feel that I have a lot more to do in the United States Senate. And Iowa is where my heart is.”
However, in the affidavit, Ernst points to a strained marriage as the reason for her decision. “Meanwhile, he hated any successes I had and would belittle me and get angry any time I achieved a goal,” she says.
As we all know, the President eventually selected Indiana governor Mike Pence.
The White House has not commented on the story.