Report: Trump Wanted Christie, Hedged On Pence


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump almost picked Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey as his vice presidential pick instead of Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, according to a report.

Trump was consulting with his son-in-law Jared Kushner and others into the late night hours on July 14, CNN notes.

The reality TV star was reportedly questioning if Pence was the right choice over Christie, a long-time friend and early supporter.

Trump flew to Indianapolis on July 12 to have dinner with Pence, but the billionaire had to stay overnight after a wheel on his plane had a flat.

At the time, Trump was allegedly considering Christie, but the bad tire gave Pence the opportunity to have breakfast with Trump on July 13.

Following the breakfast and an extra day to convince Trump and his campaign he was the right choice, Pence reportedly told his people he felt a strong premonition he was going to be Trump's running mate.

Trump's children had been pushing for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, whom they found charming, but the Trump kids and Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort reportedly thought Pence would be a safe pick.

Pence's people were allegedly split on whether he should join Trump's ticket.

The Trump campaign had flown Pence to New York City on July 14 to be Trump's vice presidential candidate, since Pence had his own noon deadline on July 15 to drop out of his gubernatorial re-election.

An aide told Pence, who made it to New York City, that Trump was on Fox News that night saying that he had not made a "final, final decision."

Trump reportedly called Manafort and Kushner up until midnight on July 14, asking them if he could back out of his Pence choice, which was already leaked to the media. They allegedly told Trump he couldn't change his mind.

Trump tweeted on July 15: "I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate. News conference tomorrow at 11:00 A.M."

CNN reporter Dana Bash tweeted on July 15: "Scoop: @realDonaldTrump was so unsure about @mike_pence that around midnight last night he asked top aides if he could get out of it."

Jason Miller, a Trump campaign advisor, tweeted back: "This is completely false. Zero truth to it."

Sources: CNN, TDonald J. Trump/TwitterJason Miller/Twitter / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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