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Donald Trump Postpones VP Announcement Over France Attack

Presumptive GOP nominee was expected to announce his running mate Friday

Donald Trump has postponed the planned announcement of his running mate following an attack in France that left dozens dead on Thursday.

“In light of the horrible attack in Nice, France, I have postponed tomorrow’s news conference concerning my Vice Presidential announcement,” Trump tweeted.

Trump was expected to reveal his vice presidential pick at 11 a.m. ET on Friday.

However, on Thursday — Bastille Day — a truck plowed into a crowd in Nice, France, leaving many dead and injured.

Following news of the incident, Trump tweeted, “Another horrific attack, this time in Nice, France. Many dead and injured. When will we learn? It is only getting worse.”

According to media reports, Trump is expected to announce Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate ahead of the Republican National Convention, which begins next week.

According to CNN, up to 73 people are dead and 100 injured after a large truck drove onto a sidewalk where crowds were gathered watching fireworks celebrating the French National Day, frequently known as Bastille Day.

There are unconfirmed reports that the driver exchanged gunfire with law enforcement, though the reports are backed up by photos that have emerged of a truck with its windshield riddled with bullet holes.

Christian Estrosi, head of the regional council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, said the truck that plowed into the crowd was loaded with arms and grenades, according to the AP.

Shortly after the attack, a fire broke out near the Eiffel Tower, though police said the two incidents were unrelated.

“Don’t spread false rumours,” the Préfecture de police tweeted. “No fire at the #TourEiffel. An accidental truck fire took place. It is put out.”

France’s interior minister said that the driver of the truck is dead. It is unknown if he worked alone.

The devastation in the French Riviera beachside city comes just eight months after Paris endured a terrorist attack that saw 130 people killed by coordinated attacks across several locations over the course of one night.