Trump Set to Announce VP on Friday After Intense Speculation
After months of speculation, Donald Trump is set to announce his pick for a Vice President on July 15 in New York City.
“I will be making the announcement of my Vice Presidential pick on Friday at 11am in Manhattan. Details to follow,” Trump tweeted.
I will be making the announcement of my Vice Presidential pick on Friday at 11am in Manhattan. Details to follow.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2016
Finalists for the slot include New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, and Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, although a surprise candidate is still possible.
Other names that have been considered are Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions and Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn.
The Republican National Committee released a list of the speakers at the convention and two of the three finalists—Christie, and Gingrich—are on the list, but Pence was not included. However, the list is subject to change.
Trump said to Fox News’ Bret Baier Wednesday night that he was still narrowing it down.
“I’m narrowing it down. I mean, I’m at three, potentially four,” he said. “But in my own mind, I probably am thinking about two.”
Politico reports that Trump’s advisers and family are split on who he should pick for the job. According to sources, Trump’s advisers have leaned towards backing Pence, but the nominee was leaning towards Christie.
Pence campaigned with Trump at a rally in Indiana on Tuesday night, Gingrich campaigned with the presumptive nominee in Ohio last week, and Christie has been campaigning with the real estate mogul since he endorsed him in February.
Trump’s Campaign Strategist and top adviser Paul Manafort, three of Trump’s family members, and Kushner met with Pence on Wednesday at the Governor’s mansion, which resulted in further speculation and media frenzy.
Pence campaigned with Trump at a rally in Indiana on Tuesday night, Gingrich campaigned with the presumptive nominee in Ohio last week, and Christie has been campaigning with the real estate mogul since his endorsement in February.
“I tell you Chris Christie is somebody I have liked for a long time,” Trump told Baier in the interview. “He is a total professional. He’s a good guy, by the way. A lot of people don’t understand that.”
However, one Trump adviser that opposes Christie is his son-in-law Jared Kushner—Ivanka Trump’s husband and de facto Campaign Manager since the firing of Corey Lewandowski.
Christie was the federal prosecutor who put Kushner’s father in prison a decade ago, and Kushner has been pushing for Gingrich instead.
The VP announcement on Friday will come only 3 days before the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.