Trump Is Questioning Mike Pence's Loyalty

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Trump Is Questioning Mike Pence's Loyalty

"It was a phony story", Trump said.

President Trump went on to say he does not question the vice president's loyalty and said the story was false. "Not even a doubt about it in my mind". "He is 100 percent loyal".

The White House denied the report, as has Pence, who told reporters he and Trump had "had a good laugh" about it. "They made up sources and refused to ask me, the only one that would know, for a quote". He's been with me from as soon as I won the primaries.

But Trump dismissed the story, calling it "fake news".

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.

He called the Times' report "phony" and complained that the Times didn't call him for comment.

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"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.

Trump later followed up on Twitter, criticizing the Times again and saying he "can't imagine any President having a better or closer relationship with their Vice President then the two of us". They reported that Trump advisors outside the White House are unsure. Trump asked Pence, who stood up and nodded.

"Mike, will you be my running mate?"

"It's quite likely that the president has been reflecting on who's loyal, who's not loyal. and he's starting to be paranoid in a way that's nearly feral", Pulitzer Prize winning biographer Michael D'Antonio said during a CNN interview on Friday.

"Thank you", Trump said.

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