Vice-President Mike Pence denies that he's preparing to run for president in 2020
Vice President Mike Pence has emphatically denied a New York Times report that he's planning to run for president in 2020.
The former Governor of Indiana issued a statement saying "Today's article in the New York Times is disgraceful and offensive to me, my family, and our entire team. The allegations in this article are categorically false and represent just the latest attempt by the media to divide this Administration."
The New York Times reported that "Mike Pence’s schedule is so full of political events that Republicans joke that he is acting more like a second-term vice president hoping to clear the field than a No. 2 sworn in a little over six months ago."
The report also claimed that "Multiple advisers to Mr. Pence have already intimated to party donors that he would plan to run if Mr. Trump did not."
The NY Times further cited Pence's creation of a political fund-raising committee, the Great America Committee, and hiring of political operative Nick Ayers as his Chief of Staff as adding to speculation around Pence's intentions.
Pence, however, derided the report as "fake news."
"Whatever fake news may come our way, my entire team will continue to focus all our efforts to advance the president’s agenda and see him re-elected in 2020. Any suggestion otherwise is both laughable and absurd."