- Associated Press - Thursday, August 18, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence will speak at an event next month hosted by Sen. Mike Lee, but the visit doesn’t mean the Utah Republican is ready to endorse the billionaire presidential candidate.

Lee has so far refused to support Trump, who battered Lee’s close friend, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, with insults during the primary election and even floated a conspiracy theory linking Cruz’s father to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Lee’s office says Pence, the governor of Indiana, will attend the senator’s annual “Utah Solutions Summit” on September 1 and speak about higher education reform.

Lee’s spokesman Conn Carroll said Thursday that the senator has no plans to endorse Trump.

Former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina, a former Trump rival, and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert are also scheduled to speak at the event.

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