Sarah Palin will not be speaking at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and according to Donald Trump it has nothing to do with her relationship with his campaign.
“She was asked,” Trump told the Washington Examiner in an interview Thursday. “It’s a little bit difficult because of where she is. We love Sarah. Little bit difficult because of, you know, it’s a long ways away.”
Palin has campaigned with the Republican presidential candidate in locations further than Cleveland before. Most notably, she was campaigning with Trump in Tampa right after her husband was in a snowmobile accident.
“Thank you guys, for your prayers for my husband, who is recovering right now in ICU after a little wreck on a snow machine, so thank you ... a big wreck,” Palin told the crowd before Trump took the stage.
She has also campaigned for him in Iowa, Oklahoma, Colorado and California. Cleveland is about an 11-hour flight from her home state of Alaska.
Announced speakers at the RNC include Chris Christie, Ben Carson, Newt Gingrich, Tim Tebow, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Paul Ryan and more. There were reports Thursday that Trump had chosen Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice presidential candidate. Pence did not appear on the list of scheduled speakers.