Donald Trump confirms Indiana governor Mike Pence as his running mate

Mr Pence is a social conservative and leading member of the Tea Party movement

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joins Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Image: Michael Conroy / AP/Press Association Images

US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has officially announced Indiana governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential candidate.

Mr Trump called off the event at which he was due to confirm the news in the wake of the attack in Nice, which left at least 84 people dead.

However, Mr Trump took to Twitter this afternoon to officially announce the news:

The governor says he is 'honoured' to join the businessman, and is going to work to 'make America great again':

Mr Pence is a social conservative and leading member of the Tea Party movement.

He is also a former congressman and radio host.

Mr Pence is seen as a safe choice for Mr Trump, and will likely win him more support from the more conservative members of the party.

However, he has also attracted criticism for his stance on abortion and LGBT rights.

Some of his past comments on smoking have also proven controversial, having once claimed: "Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn’t kill."

The Republican governor endorsed Ted Cruz in the early stages of the race.

However, he has since expressed his support for the presumptive party candidate.

It has been widely reported yesterday that Mr Pence would be announced as Mr Trump's vice presidential choice.

However, Mr Trump had also held meetings with a number of other potential running mates, including his former rival for the Republican candidacy Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Meanwhile, the movement to stop Donald Trump from gaining the Republican presidential nomination prior to the party's convention has been crushed by a vote.

The party's rules committee rejected a proposal that would have allowed delegates to back the candidate of their choice.

Trump supporters say the movement to stop the candidate is now finished, with the presumptive candidate himself saying the movement was 'crushed'.