Donald Trump has postponed an event in which he was expected to unveil Mike Pence as his vice-presidential candidate after the tragedy in Nice, France, in which more than 60 people were killed.
A Republican source had told the Guardian that the Republican frontrunner had chosen Pence, the governor of Indiana, to be his running mate.
Pence would represent a safe choice who would solidify the Republican base and is popular with social conservatives.
In order to choose Pence, Trump had to make a decision by noon on Friday, the deadline for the Indiana governor to drop his bid for re-election. Indiana law prevents a candidate for seeking election to multiple offices.
Trump had announced that he will officially unveil his vice-presidential choice at 11am on Friday in New York but tweeted Thursday night “in light of the horrible attack in Nice, France, I have postponed tomorrow’s news conference concerning my vice presidential announcement.”
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment as to when the announcement would be rescheduled.
Trump’s campaign chair, Paul Manafort, insisted the decision had not yet been made on Thursday. Later Trump’s oldest son Donald Trump Jr said the same to NBC News.
But a Republican source told the Guardian that the choice will be Pence.
Multiple other media outlets, including the Indy Star in Pence’s home state, also confirmed the selection.
The decision seems to represent an attempt to unite the Republican party and bring political experience to the businessman’s campaign.
Trump has spent much of the last week in Indiana, grounded by an aircraft malfunction to his private jet, and whiled away the days by holding de facto auditions with three contenders: Pence, New Jersey governor Chris Christie and former House speaker Newt Gingrich.
The three who spoke with Trump in the last week gave speeches that doubled as dress rehearsals for the campaign trial, and Pence also met with Trump’s adult children Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr, who have assumed leading roles in their father’s campaign.