Is Mike Pence the final pick? He was spotted getting comfortable with the Trump family after breakfast meeting. What do you think?
Donald Trump met privately with Indiana governor Mike Pence inside the governor’s mansion on Wednesday – and brought his influential children along – as speculation over Trump’s final vice presidential pick reached fever pitch.
Trump was accompanied by daughter Ivanka Trump, her husband Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric as he entered the governor’s mansion.
The breakfast meeting was a sign that Pence, the former House Republican leader who is well regarded by conservatives and establishment Republicans, remains a leading contender to be Trump’s running mate.
‘It’s a little bit like ‘The Apprentice,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, another VP finalist, told Fox News Channel Tuesday. ‘You find out sooner or later who the last one standing is.
There are strong indications that Trump’s family members, who have become close advisors inside his campaign, are engaged in a final round of vetting of vice presidential finalists.
NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reported Wednesday that New Jersey governor Chris Christie had already met with the other Trump family members, and that former House speaker Newt Gingrich was jetting to Indiana for a meeting of his own.
Gingrich and Fox News agreed to part ways this week on the former speaker’s role as a paid Fox consultant. Gingrich appeared with Trump at a rally in Cincinnati, as Trump gave leading contenders public try-outs for the job.
Each of the apparent finalists offers something different. Pence has support from D.C. power-brokers, and some of the professionals on his campaign team, and would be a potential way to unify the party, something Trump says he wants to do.