FILE - In this June 13, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks before having lunch with Republican senators in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, as Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, listens. Ernst says she turned down Donald Trump's request to run as his vice president in 2016 because of family concerns. Ernst made the claim in an affidavit in a divorce proceeding in October that was first reported by CityView, a Des Moines weekly newspaper. The filing was unsealed earlier this month after Ernst and her former husband of 25 years, Gail Ernst, settled their previously contentious divorce. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Iowa Sen. Ernst says she turned down chance to be Trump's VP

January 22, 2019 - 8:54 am

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa says she turned down Donald Trump's request to run as his vice president in 2016 because of family concerns.

Ernst made the claim in an affidavit in a divorce proceeding that was first reported by Cityview, a Des Moines alternative newspaper.

The filing was made in October but unsealed this month after Ernst and her former husband, Gail Ernst, settled their contentious divorce.

Ernst wrote that after Trump interviewed her in July 2016 to be his running mate, she "turned Candidate Trump down, knowing it wasn't the right thing for" her or her family. She says it was a sacrifice she made for her husband, who wasn't fond of her political career.

Ernst has indicated she'll run for a second six-year Senate term in 2020.

The White House and Trump campaign haven't responded to requests for comment Tuesday.