"After weeks of intrigue, and less than a day before his Friday morning vice presidential announcement in New York, Donald Trump's most likely running mate is reportedly Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, R. Pence was among the safer choices on Trump's short list, in part because there were few options more different than Trump himself".
But the plan, which came to light just days after Trump announced his decision to ban the Washington Post from his events, also appeared to be a thumb in the eye of a national media he had long criticized as "dishonest".
Donald Trump Jr. told NBC News that his father was deciding among Pence, Newt Gingrich, and Chris Christie.
Pence faces a tight deadline to end his re-election bid.
Pence's team has gotten word to start preparing to get the official nod Thursday, and the Trump campaign is now planning for the official nod Thursday, according to two sources familiar with the process. His schedule put him at a distance from many of his closest advisers, including Manafort and his three oldest children. His campaign chair, Paul Manafort, is now in Cleveland, and none of his children are in the state with him.
Trump has also spoken in recent days with Christie, a former presidential candidate who was among the first establishment Republicans to endorse the NY businessman.
A rollout in New York City had been planned for Friday at 11 a.m., but Trump tweeted Thursday evening that "in light of the frightful attack in Nice, France", he was postponing that announcement.
Ryan tells reporters Thursday, "I hope that he picks a good movement conservative". Fox referred questions Thursday to Hannity's Twitter account, where he said it's his own business who he does favors for.
He told CNN earlier Thursday that he expects to be informed of the decision around 1-2 p.m, and tweeted that he will do a Facebook live to discuss the matter at 2 p.m.
Throughout the day Thursday, many media outlets began reporting that Trump was poised to name the IN governor as his running mate.
Pence is set to officially become the vice presidential nominee during the Republican National Convention, which starts July 18 in Cleveland. "Mr. Pence, a former congressman and radio host, emerged over the last week as the strong favorite of Mr. Trump's political advisers and senior officials in the Republican Party".
Asked whether he would have liked to see a vice presidential candidate who could diversify the GOP and stand up against the history-making Democratic ticket candidacy of Hillary Clinton, Graham demurred.
Pence had backed a Trump rival, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, in April before the in primary, but he praised Trump and said he would work on behalf of the eventual Republican nominee.
A former US attorney, Christie, 53, is widely seen as one of his party's most talented politicians and has proven himself an effective "attack dog" on the trail.