As aides made final plans for next week’s Republican convention, Donald Trump bore down Wednesday on a running mate selection he plans to disclose Friday.
“I will be making the announcement of my Vice Presidential pick on Friday at 11 a.m. in Manhattan,” Trump tweeted late in the day. “Details to follow.”
Trump, top aides and members of his family are evaluating potential vice presidential finalists, a group that includes Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions and former House speaker Newt Gingrich.
“I’m narrowing it down,” Trump told Fox News. “I mean, I’m at three, potentially four. But in my own mind, I probably am thinking about two,” he said.
Grounded in Indiana by plane trouble, Trump and members of his family visited the governor’s mansion on Wednesday for another talk with Pence, a running mate prospect whom he teased during a rally on Tuesday night.
“I don’t know if he’s going to be your governor or your vice president,” Trump told the crowd. “Who the hell knows?”
Pence’s prospects will be known soon: He cannot run for re-election as governor this year and for vice president at the same time, and the filing deadline for the governor’s race is noon on Friday.
Sessions, the first U.S. senator to endorse Trump earlier this year, flew to Indiana on Wednesday, presumably to discuss the running mate issue.
Meanwhile, Fox News announced Tuesday that Gingrich had agreed to stop being a network contributor because of speculation he might join Trump’s ticket. The former House speaker and Georgia congressman has been an enthusiastic backer of Trump’s presidential bid.
SOURCE: David Jackson