Former President Donald Trump has finalized his short list of potential running mates. Trump reached out to former GOP presidential rival Vivek Ramaswamy to convey that he was no longer being considered, but mentioned the possibility of appointing him to a Cabinet position, as per the New York Post.

Ramaswamy, who initially competed against Trump in the primaries but swiftly endorsed him after withdrawing post the Jan. 15 Iowa caucuses, has become a key advocate for the 45th president during the campaign. Bloomberg was the first to report Ramaswamy’s exclusion from the list of vice presidential candidates, highlighting him as a contender for the role of Homeland Security secretary, among other positions.

“There’s a lot of press speculation, but I can tell you Vivek’s top focus is making sure we get President Trump elected so that we can take America First to the next level,” Ramaswamy spokesperson Tricia McLaughlin told The Post.

“This country would be lucky to have him serve in the next administration and beyond. In the meantime, Vivek is focused on driving change in the private sector and reforming our economy, including by continuing to push back against the ESG cancer in corporate America,” she added.

After the Iowa caucuses, Ramaswamy, a political newcomer in the 2024 race, garnered significant recognition nationwide by promoting widely supported policies and consistently expressing admiration for Trump. Despite initially gaining momentum in the polls, he ultimately decided to halt his presidential campaign, acknowledging his projected fourth-place finish in the caucuses.