Trump Jokes About Tim Scott's Engagement In Buildup To New Hampshire Primary

Donald Trump ribbed Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) on Monday after the longtime bachelor announced he is engaged to be married. (Watch the video below.)

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?”

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.

When Scott was competing for the presidency in November, he introduced Noce at the third GOP debate as public curiosity about her was intensifying.

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.

The criminally indicted former president held an 11-point lead in a CNN poll conducted before Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he was quitting the race.

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.