INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—Donald Trump personally called Indiana Governor Mike Pence Thursday afternoon and asked him to be his running mate in the 2016 presidential campaign, CNN reports.
Pence landed at Teterboro airport in New Jersey Thursday evening, one day before Trump planned to make his VP announcement at the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan. However, Trump said Thursday evening he's postponing the official announcement, in light of the deadly attack in Nice, France.
By Thursday night, Trump told Fox News Channel's Greta Van Susteren that he hadn't made his "final, final decision."
"I haven't made my final, final decision," said Trump, "I've got three people that are fantastic."
Pence made an economic development announcement in Speedway on Thursday morning, but he did not take questions from reporters and rushed out of the event.
News corespondent Major Garrett, who was in Indianapolis this week for Donald Trump’s visit, said that he was on a flight out of Indianapolis to New York with Marc Lotter, the deputy manager for Gov. Mike Pence’s reelection campaign.
“I’m sure just coincidence,” Garrett tweeted.
Garrett also said Lotter confirmed to him that Pence had purchased advertising time for his reelection and noted that the purchases are refundable. He added the hashtag #headfakes to the tweet.
Pence emerged as the front runner this week. He hosted Trump at the Governor’s Residence Wednesday morning following Trump's rally in Westfield, Indiana Tuesday evening.
Trump also met with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) in Indianapolis Wednesday.
Also Thursday, Roll Call reported the news, citing a Republican source.
The report in part read:
In addition to testing the men's chemistry together, Trump was reportedly impressed with Pence's calm demeanor, his experience on Capitol Hill and as a governor, and Pence's potential to assist Trump in governing, should the ticket win in November.
However, Trump's senior communications advisor Jason Miller, tweeted Trump has not yet made his decision.
More reports surfaced Thursday afternoon, but Trump's son tweeted that his father hadn't made a decision.
A motorcade left the governor's mansion and Pence would later arrive in New Jersey around 6 p.m, having reportedly accepted Trump's offer to be his running mate.
Trump spoke to Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly Thursday night but wouldn't confirm reports of Pence as vice-president.
"Let me just say this. I have great respect for Governor Pence, but I also have great respect for Newt, great respect for Chris Christie. We have tremendous people in the Republican Party. I'll be making the announcement at the appropriate time, though," said Trump.
It's unclear when the announcement will be.
Pence must pull his name out of the governor's race by noon Friday. As of Thursday evening, he had not done so.