Trump chops VP short list down to three: Report

Former President Donald Trump is expected to announce his running mate in the next week or so ahead of the Republican National Convention.

The campaign has largely dismissed early reporting and speculation on who Trump will tap as his vice president. The primary candidates for the VP slot are Sens. J.D. Vance (R-OH) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Gov. Doug Burgum (R-ND), according to the Washington Post.

Vance said on Meet the Press Sunday that he has “not gotten the call” but would alert the media if that happens.

“We’ll let the media know if I ever get that call,” the Ohio senator said. “But most importantly, we’re just trying to work to elect Donald Trump. Whoever his vice president is, he’s got a lot of good people he could choose from.”

Rubio, who appeared on CNN on Sunday morning as well, also deferred speculation on Trump’s VP pick to the former president’s campaign, though he added, “I’m willing to help in any way I can.”

Trump is set to hold two rallies this week; one on Tuesday in Miami, Florida, and the other next weekend in Butler, Pennsylvania.

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While Trump’s VP pick had been one of the most central questions in the election cycle, it has been overshadowed in the last week by a chorus of calls for President Joe Biden to withdraw from the race after his debate performance last month left millions wondering whether he’s capable of serving another term.

The focus on Biden’s mental fitness could prompt the former president to delay his announcement.