Donald Trump Unlikely to Pick a Woman or Minority as VP Running Mate, Campaign Chairman Says

Paul Manafort weighed in on Donald Trump's likely running mate.

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort offered some insight into how the presumptive Republican nominee might pick his campaign partner.

Manafort said that selecting a woman or minority, which some have suggested as a way for Trump to strengthen ties to those voting groups, probably won't happen.

"In fact, that would be viewed as pandering, I think," Manafort said.

Trump commented on the issue at a news conference later this afternoon, saying that Manafort "was misquoted a couple of times," without going into specifics.

When asked by ABC News whether he would have a woman or minority as his vice president, Trump did not rule it out.

"I think it's likely we would have somebody, but we don't do it for any specific reason. We're looking for absolute competence. I fully expect that we will have many women involved," Trump said.

Manafort went on to portray the race as Trump’s to lose.

"He's going to win... unless we — meaning people like me — screw it up. This is not a hard race," Manafort told The Huffington Post.

Manafort formally joined Trump's campaign in April as its convention manager, but his role has shifted and grown as it became clear that Trump would be the presumptive nominee.

He has also been known to predict a changed Donald Trump who has not necessarily materialized, at least not immediately.

Manafort said in late-April that Trump would be softening his tone, though there’s little evidence.

Indeed, after five months of talking about the Muslim ban, Trump said on May 11 the idea was "just a suggestion."

"He operates by starting the conversation at the outer edges and then brings it back towards the middle,” Manafort said. “Within his comfort zone, he'll soften it some more.”

But there’s at least one thing Manafort doesn't see changing: Trump's unwillingness to release his tax returns.

"I will be surprised if he puts them out,” Manafort told The Huffington Post. “I wouldn’t necessarily advise him to. It’s not really an issue for the people we are appealing to.”

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