NY Post: Donald Trump rescinded running mate offer to Chris Christie

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump offered his running mate position to Gov. Chris Christie but then rescinded the offer, according to a report by the New York Post.



According to the report, Trump's then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump's two eldest sons wanted Gov. Mike Pence to be the running mate because they felt he would unify the Republican Party.



A source told the Post that Trump was looking for a running mate who was loyal, not necessarily the most qualified.



"If it was up to him, it would have been Christie," the source told the paper.



The Post states that Christie contacted Trump on July 12 to make his case as running mate and Trump agreed. But Manafort had arranged for Trump to meet with Pence in Indiana on July 13, according to the report.



The Post report states that Manafort told Trump that his plane had mechanical issues. Trump was forced to spend an extra night in Indiana and he met with Pence.



Trump's advisers also advised him that Christie's Bridge-Gate troubles would negatively affect his campaign, according to the report.



Trump then agreed to name Pence as his running mate and apparently told Christie that naming him as the candidate for vice president would tear the Trump family apart.



A Christie aide told the Post that it was "completely wrong."


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