Unconfirmed rumors are swirling that President Trump and his advisers are considering dumping Vice President Mike Pence from Trump’s 2020 ticket amid concerns that he doesn’t expand Trump’s base.
An anonymous source claims the issue was raised at a meeting this week. “They’re beginning to think about whether Mike Pence should be running again,” the source told Vanity Fair. “[Pence] doesn’t detract from [Trump’s coalition], but he doesn’t add anything, either.”
“Mike, will you be my running mate?” President Trump calls out Vice President Mike Pence to be his running mate for 2020 pic.twitter.com/kajR6YX9Sx
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) November 7, 2018
Meanwhile, another anonymous source claims President Trump has not spent too much time focusing on his 2020 re-election. “What he needs to do is consider his team for 2020 and make sure it’s in place,” the source said. “He has to have people on his team that are loyal to his agenda.”
On November 17, President Trump trashed a New York Times article claiming that he questions Pence’s loyalty. The president called the claim “a phony story.”
During an impromptu press scrum on the White House lawn, President Trump said he trusts Mike Pence “100%.”
“I don’t question his loyalty at all. He is 100% loyal,” he told reporters. “It’s a phony story. I doubt they had any sources. A typical New York Times phony story.”
“Mike Pence is 100% loyal, not even a doubt about it in my mind,” Trump continued. “He has been a trooper. He has been with me from as soon as I won the primary. He was the one I chose. I could not be happier and I don’t question his loyalty at all. He has already been tested in many ways. Mike Pence is a terrific person.”
At this point, it’s hard to take rumors coming out of the White House seriously, especially since the sources are always anonymous.
Moreover, there are some anti-Trump factions within his White House that have repeatedly planted stories in order to undermine the president and sow division within his administration.
The latest rumor that President Trump is considering dumping Mike Pence contradicts his own words from November 7, when he confirmed at a White House press conference — in front of a roomful of reporters — that he wants Pence to be his 2020 running mate.
Trump turned to Pence (who was in the audience at the press conference) and asked, “Mike, will you be my running mate? Will you?” Pence indicated yes.
As BizPac Review reported, the Trump White House is infested with insidious leakers who admit that they leak rumors to the Trump-hating media out in order to settle personal scores and embarrass the administration.
That’s what at least five leakers confessed after Sarah Sanders slammed the unprofessional, sneaky WH staffers who go running to the press after every meeting.
While all White Houses leak, the Trump administration has been particularly hard-hit, presumably because it employs some former Never-Trumpers who only hopped on the Trump bandwagon after their preferred GOP candidate lost.
“Working here is kind of like being in a never-ending ‘Mexican Standoff,’” one WH official remarked. “Everyone has guns (leaks) pointed at each other and it’s only a matter of time before someone shoots. There’s rarely a peaceful conclusion, so you might as well shoot first.”
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