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That Awkward Moment Vivek Signaled He Won't Be Donating To Trump's Campaign

When Neil Cavuto asked Vivek Ramaswamy whether he'd be contributing financially to Donald Trump's campaign, Vivek made it pretty clear that the answer would be no.

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Biotech entrepreneur and former GOP presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy was mocked online after he awkwardly signaled he would not be contributing financially to former President Donald Trump's ongoing presidential campaign during a Fox News interview.

Anchor Neil Cavuto inquired about the possibility of Ramaswamy financially supporting Trump's campaign amid news of Trump's reported meeting with Elon Musk and other GOP donors over the weekend as the Trump campaign faces financial challenges.

Ramaswamy downplayed concerns about Trump's financial situation—and said he would commit to a surrogate role rather than financial assistance.

You can watch their exchange in the video below.

Cavuto asked:

“You’re a very successful businessman—a biotech entrepreneur—and you’ve made hundreds of millions of dollars. We’re told that Donald Trump has asked Elon Musk for some support. I don’t know if that’s true or not. Elon Musk made it clear that he’s not giving to either Joe Biden or Donald Trump."
“I’m just wondering, if he were to go to you and say, ‘All right, can you loan my campaign some money?’ What would you say?”

Ramaswamy insisted that "Trump is not in need of anybody else’s help or anything else" over Cavuto's observation that "he needs money," adding:

“The beauty of this is you have grassroots supporters. That’s actually been the character of the America First movement. It isn’t a movement of just big check writers, as it is for much of the Democratic Party and the establishment wing of the Republican Party."
"Say no to the politics of yesterday. Say no to the puppetry. The beauty of that America First movement, including what propelled Donald Trump and the America First movement forward, was a bottom-up uprising.”

When asked specifically about whether he would contribute financially, Ramaswamy paused awkwardly before giving a noncommital response:

“I’m going to be a vocal supporter, Neil. And, you know, each of us has a lot of businessmen on the sidelines. I’m focused on the front lines, and some of us have chosen to get in the arena, and that’s where I’m playing.”

Ramaswamy's deflection did not go unnoticed.

Ramaswamy entered the presidential race without any prior political experience.

His campaign, marked by controversy over its endorsement of conspiracy theories, advocated for the end of birthright citizenship and affirmative action. Additionally, he proposed the closure of government agencies such as the Education Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service.

Despite positioning himself as an outsider aligned with Trump's "America First" agenda, Ramaswamy struggled to gain significant traction and dropped out after placing fourth in the Iowa caucuses. Trump, who secured a resounding victory in Iowa, criticized Ramaswamy, branding him a "fraud" and cautioning Republicans that supporting him would align with the "other side."