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

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 07: U.S. President Donald Trump arrives with Vice President Mike Pence to give remarks a day after the midterm elections on November 7, 2018 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Republicans kept the Senate majority but lost control of the House to the Democrats. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 07: U.S. President Donald Trump arrives with Vice President Mike Pence to give remarks a day after the midterm elections on November 7, 2018 in the East Room of the White House in Washington... WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 07: U.S. President Donald Trump arrives with Vice President Mike Pence to give remarks a day after the midterm elections on November 7, 2018 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Republicans kept the Senate majority but lost control of the House to the Democrats. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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November 17, 2018 11:03 a.m.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday dismissed a Friday New York Times report that Trump is increasingly questioning Pence’s loyalty.

Trump, the Times reported, has questioned Pence’s loyalty so often “that he has alarmed some of his advisers.”

Not so, Trump and Pence protested.

“No I don’t question his loyalty at all,” Trump told reporters Saturday morning, according to a pool report. “He is 100 percent loyal.”

He called the Times’ report “phony” and complained that the Times didn’t call him for comment.

But a White House spokesperson, Hogan Gidley, did tell the Times: “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.”

Separately, Pence said he was “tempted not to dignify [the Times’ story] with a comment,” according to a pool report sent to reporters early Saturday morning.

“Look, the President and I are very close,” Pence added. “We have a very strong relationship. And I’ve been honored to serve as his vice president. And I was honored when he asked me to run with him again.”

Pence added that he and Trump “had a good laugh,” presumably about the Times report.

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