Trump, Pence Dismiss NYT Report That Trump Questions Pence's Loyalty

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President Donald Trump issued an over-the-top denial of a report suggesting that he's concerned about Vice President Mike Pence's loyalty. "Not even a doubt about it in my mind".

A report published Friday, citing unnamed advisers, said that Trump has repeatedly questioned whether Pence has his back - but has stopped short of the idea of dropping him from his 2020 re-election ticket.

Other sources told The Times that Trump's inquiry about Pence's loyalty was actually in reference to Nick Ayers' fealty to his cause.

The President also said Pence's loyalty has been tested in many ways, and he couldn't be happier with his pick for Vice President.

But he has also broken somewhat from the president on a few occasions, including during the 2016 campaign in the wake of the infamous Access Hollywood tape in which Trump described how his celebrity status allowed him to "grab [women] by the pussy".

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He again called it a "phony story" and said they never called him for comment, calling it "fake news" as a result.

"The president absolutely supports the vice president and thinks he's doing an incredible job helping to carry out the mission and policies of this administration", Hogan Gidley, the deputy White House press secretary, said in a statement.

"I can't imagine any President having a better or closer relationship with their Vice President then the two of us", he tweeted.

During a press conference earlier in November, Trump jokingly turned to Pence and asked "Mike, will you be my running mate", to which Pence responded by nodding and raising his right hand. "It's fake news, and that's what breaks up a country".

"Mike, will you be my running mate?" "OK, good", the president said.

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