Trump meets with Gov. Mike Pence amid VP speculation
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE met with potential VP pick Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Friday, according to the New York Times.

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Pence is believed to be on Trump's vice presidential shortlist, which the presumptive nominee has said is down to four or five people.

“Mr. Trump is meeting with a number of Republican leaders in the run-up to the convention in Cleveland, and he has a good relationship with Governor Pence,” Trump communications director Jason Miller told the Times when asked about the meeting. 

Pence and his staff have recently denied communication with the Trump campaign. But another NBC report from Thursday also said Pence is among those being vetted for Trump's running mate.

Trump previously said that he wouldn’t make his VP announcement until the Republican National Convention later this month, but his team is reportedly considering acting more quickly and could reveal the decision as early as next week. Sources told the Times that the campaign doesn't want media coverage of the vice president to overshadow the nominee himself. 

Trump’s list of potential choices is also believed to include New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Reports from earlier this week said that the Trump campaign has begun requesting documents and questionnaires from those under consideration.

Pence originally backed Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump has officially appointed one in four circuit court judges On The Money: Retirement savings bill blocked in Senate after fight over amendments | Stopgap bill may set up December spending fight | Hardwood industry pleads for relief from Trump trade war Retirement bill blocked in Senate amid fight over amendments MORE’s presidential bid but quickly switched his support to Trump after he won the state’s primary.