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Trump Considered Daughter Ivanka as 2016 Running Mate, Book Says

  • Campaign was turned down by Condoleezza Rice and Bob Corker
  • Rick Gates, witness in Mueller probe, to publish book Oct. 13
Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump
Donald Trump and Ivanka TrumpPhotographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg
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Donald Trump repeatedly discussed with advisers the idea of naming his daughter Ivanka as his running mate in 2016 before settling for Mike Pence, according to a former Trump campaign aide who became a star witness in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Rick Gates, who in the summer of 2016 was Trump’s deputy campaign chairman, describes in a new book how Trump -- wary of the “Never Trump” sentiment in the Republican party and still stinging from his competitors’ attacks during the GOP primary -- deliberated for about a month on a vice presidential candidate he could trust completely.