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Trump Meeting With Joni Ernst

Following a weekend meeting with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Donald Trump will meet with Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst today as he continues contemplating his vice presidential selection.

Sources close to Ernst tell NBC News the meeting was a complete surprise to the senator and her team — very “last minute,” one source with knowledge said.

Ernst is in her first term in the Senate, having ridden the Tea Party wave into an open seat in 2014. She is the first woman to be elected from Iowa to either chamber of Congress.

Earlier in the election cycle, Ernst was frequently mentioned as a rising star and potential vice presidential pick for whichever Republican won the GOP nomination, especially considering she’d bring gender diversity to a ticket facing Hillary Clinton in November.