Trump to announce VP pick Friday

Donald Trump will announce his running-mate Friday; reportedly considering Mike Pence, Chris Christie, Newt Gingrich and Jeff Sessions.

Shai Landesman,

Chris Christie endorses Trump
Chris Christie endorses Trump
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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will announce his choice for Vice Presidential candidate on Friday in New York, his campaign chairman Paul Manafort said yesterday (Wednesday).

Commenting on his VP search in an interview with Fox News, Trump said in his typically non-committal fashion: “But I’m narrowing it down. I mean I’m at three, potentially four. But in my own mind, I probably am thinking about two.”

Trump met or spoke with four potential candidates Wednesday in Indianapolis.

The first was Indiana governor Mike Pence, who hosted Trump for breakfast at his mansion. This came after a series of joint Trump-Pence events Tuesday, as the Indiana governor is in the midst of a campaign for a second term, which he would have to suspend should he be chosen as Trump's running mate.

Also joining the breakfast were Mr. Trump's children Eric, Don Jr. and Ivanka, with her husband Jared Kushner. The presence of his family indicated that Trump was weighing an important decision, as they are his most trusted advisers.

Governor Pence must remove his name from the Gubernatorial ballot by Friday if he is picked for VP, a circumstance that likely factored in to the Trump-camp decision to announce the pick by Friday.

Flying to Indianapolis to meet with Trump was former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has supported Trump from very early on in the primary process. Gingrich is a former presidential candidate who led in the polls for some time during the 2012 Republican primaries.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was reportedly in touch with Mr. Trump by phone on Wednesday, promoting his candidacy. Gov. Christie was running against Trump in the primaries earlier this year, with little support in the polls, and dropped out to join in support of Trump soon after doing severe damage to Florida Senator Marco Rubio in a televised debate. Rubio's subsequent dip in the polls was significant in Mr. Trump's ultimate triumph.

The final candidate apparently being considered is Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, who also flew in to meet Trump. Sessions is a long-time supporter and adviser to Mr. Trump, but he is widely perceived as the least likely pick.

Most of the media and analyst speculation has centered around Gingrich and Christie as the "two" which Trump is thinking about more seriously in his "own mind". However, prognostication has proven to be a fool's exercise in this presidential race, so there is no guarantee that there isn't another surprise in store.




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