Donald Trump Had Cold Feet About Selecting Mike Pence for VP

CNN’s Dana Bash tweets that Trump tried to get out of naming the Indiana Governor

Last Updated: July 15, 2016 @ 2:00 PM

Donald Trump tweeted earlier Friday that Indiana Governor Mike Pence is his selection for vice president on the GOP ticket, but reports are circulating that he tried to change his mind last night.

CNN’s Dana Bash tweeted that Trump was trying to get out of it around midnight ET Thursday. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell had a similar scoop, tweeting: “Sources tell me was on phone till midnight making calls, asking if he could change course on VP pick.”

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

“Campaign strongly denies that Trump was uneasy about Pence pick and calling around, ‘totally untrue’ said Paul Manafort,” according to a followup tweet from O’Donnell. The NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent followed that with another message that the rumors of Trump’s cold feet are untrue.

“Trump campaign says ‘there was no wavering’ by Trump after Pence name was leaked,” she wrote.

The presumptive GOP nominee made the announcement on his favorite social media platform, Twitter, but it was originally supposed to be a bigger spectacle. Trump, however, postponed the festivities in wake of the terror attack in Nice, France, on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Bash has not tweeted any retractions and has gone live on CNN to discuss Trump’s reported second thoughts. Bash said Pence remained calm throughout the process but people close to him were concerned that Trump would change his mind. According to Bash, Trump had already offered the gig to Pence when he told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren that his mind wasn’t made up.

Pence has a lot of policy experience, which is something Trump coveted in a running mate. Prior to being elected governor, Pence represented Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District in Congress. He is considered a staunch social conservative that will help Trump with religious conservative voters.

The Republican National Convention kicks off on Monday, July 18 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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