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Donald Trump Meets With Joni Ernst Amid VP Speculation

Ernst is in her first term in the Senate, having ridden the Tea Party wave into an open seat in 2014

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    In this Jan. 25, 2016, file photo, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, introduces then-Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., during a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa. Republican Donald Trump is spending part of July 4 with Ernst amid speculation about his vice presidential pick. Trump tweeted, “I look forward to meeting @joniernst today in New Jersey.”

    Following a weekend meeting with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Donald Trump will meet with Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst today as he continues contemplating his vice presidential selection, NBC News reported.

    Sources close to Ernst tell NBC News the meeting was a complete surprise to the senator and her team — very "last minute," one source with knowledge said.

    Ernst is in her first term in the Senate, having ridden the Tea Party wave into an open seat in 2014. She is the first woman to be elected from Iowa to either chamber of Congress.

    Earlier in the election cycle, Ernst was frequently mentioned as a rising star and potential vice presidential pick for whichever Republican won the GOP nomination, especially considering she'd bring gender diversity to a ticket facing Hillary Clinton in November.