NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP)Donald Trump will announce who will be his running mate on Friday.

Paul Manafort, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s campaign chairman, told CNN Wednesday evening that Trump will make his vice presidential pick on Friday.

Trump confirmed on Twitter he will be making his vice presidential announcement Friday.

“I will be making the announcement of my Vice Presidential pick on Friday at 11am in Manhattan. Details to follow,” Trump tweeted.

The Republican National Convention begins next Monday in Cleveland.


Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were said to be the final contenders to the vice presidential candidate on the Republican ticket, CBS2’s Dick Brennan reported.

All three have had “auditions” as Trump’s partner by opening for the billionaire candidate at speeches over the last week. Trump said in a Tuesday interview with The Wall Street Journal that Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions is also still in the mix.

Trump and some of his family members visited with Mike Pence Wednesday morning, just one day after the two campaigned together.

Pence said Trump did not extend an offer to him.

“Nothing was offered. Nothing was accepted,” Pence said.

Trump’s family, including Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, also met privately with Christie Tuesday.

Trump told The Wall Street Journal he’s looking for an attack dog — someone who is a “fighter skilled in hand-to-hand combat” to take on Hillary Clinton.

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