With vice-presidential speculation reaching fever pitch, Donald Trump and members of his family are in the final stages of selecting a running mate, holding in-person meetings with each finalist Tuesday and Wednesday. But sources emphasize to NBC News that no choice has yet been made.
Trump will make his announcement on Friday in New York.
Trump, his daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner and son Don Jr. met with top contender Mike Pence Wednesday morning at the Indiana governor’s home. Another top-tier candidate, Newt Gingrich, is traveling to Indianapolis for an in-person meeting as well, NBC News reports, while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie met with the candidate’s oldest children on Tuesday.
Trump is said to have narrowed his choice to the three Republicans, although aides close to him stress that the final decision is Trump’s alone.
In recent days, he had also floated contenders outside the political spectrum, including retired Lt Gen. Michael Flynn and Gen. Stanley McChrystal.
Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, a close Trump adviser who has also been discussed as a potential vice presidential candidate, also flew to Indianapolis to meet with Trump Wednesday afternoon, although sources say that he is not considered to be a finalist for the job.
NBC News also confirms that Newt Gingrich's travel on a private plane to Indianapolis Wednesday was facilitated by FOX News host Sean Hannity, a vocal proponent of the former House Speaker.
Pence auditioned publicly for the role on Tuesday night, appearing with Trump at a closed-door fundraiser and introducing Trump at a rally in Westfield, Ind.
While Wednesday’s meetings are being held on Pence’s home turf in Indiana, the location doesn’t necessarily signal a home-field advantage. Trump, who is notoriously averse to overnight stays away from his home or one of his own branded hotels, stayed overnight in the state due to a mechanical issue with his plane, according to sources familiar with the logistics.
Trump is scheduled to head to California later Wednesday for fundraising events.
NBC News has previously reported that Trump’s team is planning to hold a joint public event with the pick on Friday, although it’s not clear if the identity of the choice will be announced or leaked before that time.