The One Sign That Mike Pence Might Not Be Donald Trump's VP Pick, After All
Update: On Friday via one simple tweet, Donald Trump confirmed Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is his Vice Presidential running mate.
Earlier: On Thursday, the internet exploded with reports that presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump picked Mike Pence as his running mate. Roll Call first reported the news, which many other outlets then circulated. The New York Times then reported that Trump's campaign "signaled" to Republican officials that the Indiana governor was his vice presidential choice. The Indy Star reported that it "has confirmed that Trump plans to announce Pence as his selection for vice president." But there are other clues that, despite the swirl of reports, Pence may not be Trump's VP pick.
First of all, Trump's campaign has not confirmed any of the reports that Pence will be on the ticket with Trump come November. Many members of Trump's team, including campaign manager Paul Manafort, have tweeted that a decision has not yet been made, and Trump's campaign spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, told the Indy Star "a decision has not been made." Secondly, the Indiana governor and the presumptive Republican nominee disagree on some substantial policies. As the Washington Post reported this week, when the Indiana governor was serving in Congress, he voted "for every free-trade agreement that came before him." During his time in Congress, which ranged from 2001 to 2012, Pence voted for free trade agreements with Colombia, South Korea, Panama, Peru, Oman, Chile and Singapore, as the Washington Post noted.
Meanwhile, shortly after the Pence reports hit, Trump launched another tirade against NAFTA (the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement):
It seemed strange to some that Trump would begin tweeting about a key issue he and Pence are at odds over, if in fact that the Indiana governor is his VP choice. Then again, with Turmp, the only thing to expect is the unexpected.