A former top adviser to then-Vice President Mike Pence is refusing to back him for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination and is instead backing Pence’s former boss, former President Donald Trump.

The shifting endorsement is the latest blow to the former VP’s flagging presidential bid.

Just the News reported that General Keith Kellogg (ret.), a former national security advisor, is now backing Trump over his old boss, Pence.

Kellogg said he believes that Pence’s attention appears to be directed towards his own political prospects rather than addressing substantive matters. In a commentary posted on Truth Social, Kellogg highlighted how the former vice president’s excessively righteous and passive approach “is not what Republican voters want” and instead are seeking a strong, assertive leader to regain American respect abroad and revitalize the U.S. economy.

“I’ve worked alongside many leaders in my years of service to this Nation. Among them, President Donald J. Trump stands apart as a figure of unwavering determination, a deep vision for America, and the courage to take a stand where others wilt,” Kellogg said.

“His bold and dramatic leadership style during his Presidency resulted in significant achievements for our country,” he added.

His focus then returned to the former VP.

“For a period of time in the White House, I served as the National Security Advisor to Vice President Pence. While I respect his service to our Nation, I must express my disappointment in his reaction actions regarding President Trump,” Kellogg said.

“It is not the decisive leadership that we have seen from President Trump. Where President Trump is bold and unafraid to challenge the status quo, Pence has often chosen the passive route, avoiding confrontation,” the retired four-star general noted further.

“This lack of assertiveness, combined with an overreliance on failed political consultants like Marc Short, has demonstrated a laisse-faire leadership style unworthy of the presidency,” he went on to write.

“While President Trump has consistently put America first, prioritizing our citizens, our economy, and global standing, Pence’s actions have often seemed more focused on political maneuvering and maintaining his image. That is not what Republican voters want,” he added.

In conclusion, he said: “President Trump’s dedication to the prosperity and security of the United States is unwavering, as is his vision for the future. I believe in the future President Trump envisions. A future that demands both and decisive leadership, something we have seen in President Trump but not from the former Vice President.”

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Pence is actually facing a make-or-break moment for his campaign.

With the first GOP candidate debate, hosted by Fox News in Milwaukee, Wis., just a few weeks away, Pence has yet to qualify for it, Newsweek reported earlier this month.

Although Pence has met the polling requirements to participate in the debates with approximately 4 percent support nationally, as per data compiled by FiveThirtyEight, he had yet to fulfill the requirement set by the Republican National Committee as of last week. The RNC requirement mandates 40,000 unique donors to his campaign since launching in early June, with at least 200 donors from 20 different states.

While some other candidates, such as North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, biopharma executive Vivek Ramaswamy, and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, have attempted to get closer to the debate stage by providing incentives to donors, like $20 gift cards and sweepstakes for a free year of college tuition, Pence has chosen not to follow the same approach.

He stated to the news website Semafor over the weekend that he would not resort to what he referred to as “gimmicks” to amplify his platform and make his voice heard, according to Newsweek.

“Yeah, we’re not doing kickbacks. We’re not doing gift cards. We’re not even giving out soccer tickets,” he told Semafor. “We’re just asking people for support, and it’s rolling in.”

But it’s not coming in fast enough. According to Pence himself, his campaign is not progressing rapidly enough to fulfill the current donor requirement before meeting the criteria for the RNC’s second debate, which Fox Business Network will host in September.

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