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Paul Manafort: You'll Find Out Trump's VP When I Do

(Fox News/"Fox & Friends")

By    |   Tuesday, 12 Jul 2016 12:27 PM

Even if Donald Trump's campaign manager Paul Manafort knows who the presumptive GOP nominee plans to name as his running mate, he wasn't saying so Tuesday morning.

"We have gotten it down to the short list," he told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program, refusing to be pinned down to naming names. "You'll find out who it is when I will — very soon."

So far, the short list contains the names of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, according to reports, but Manafort did not offer comment on any one of those persons specifically.

"The qualities that are represented by the list of people are the qualities that will be in the candidate he selects, I can tell you that," said Manafort.

"Donald Trump said he wanted somebody who understood Washington, who would be a partner in understanding the issues of gridlock and he wanted somebody who could be president on day one. Everyone on that list fits the qualifications."

Trump has been "very methodical" about how he is approaching his decision, said Manafort.

"He's got a broad list of people that fit his qualifications and his definition, then he started not just talking to those people, but he started talking to associates, friends, everyday people that he'd run into to assess their attitudes on names that he presented and what they wanted in a vice president and a president."

But when the decision is made, "there's a 100 percent chance that Donald Trump will select who he wants," Manafort said, passing by a question about reports showing Pence has a 95 percent chance of being chosen, but making it clear the decision will be announced by the end of the week.

"He wants the vice presidential candidate to be known by the weekend begins and he wants next week to be on the combined Trump goals for his presidency and why he's the best man to lead this country," said Manafort.

Also on Tuesday, Manafort discussed Trump's address regarding the Veterans Administration, telling the Fox News program that the candidate has wanted to speak on veterans' issues for some time.

"He thinks the veterans in the armed services have been treated very poorly by this administration," said Manafort. "He's concerned about the lack of care they receive, the lack of priority that they receive. And he's wanted to talk about this for a long time and the speech is something that's been in his head for a while."

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