Trump Postpones VP Announcement, Citing France Attacks

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Donald Trump abruptly postponed plans to announce his vice presidential pick Thursday night following a day of rampant speculation, citing the "horrible attack" in Nice, France, that left scores dead.

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Trump had planned to hold his first event with his yet-to-be-announced running mate Friday morning in New York. He announced the change of plans on Twitter.

The stunning announcement raised questions about the status of Trump's selection process. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence had emerged as a late favorite for the job, though Trump advisers cautioned that the businessman had not made a final decision and could still change his mind.

After spending much of Thursday in Indianapolis, Pence flew to New York late in the day, according to a Republican familiar with the process. Indianapolis television station WTHR posted a video showing Pence arriving at a private airport in New Jersey early Thursday evening.

Trump did not say when he planned to announce his running mate. He's up against a clock: The Republican convention kicks off in Cleveland Monday.

In addition to Pence, Trump's shortlist included former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, according to people familiar with the candidate's thinking.