Will Donald Trump be a two term president? Will he even finish his first term? In the face of rising tides of scandal from within his administration, talk has naturally turned to these questions. Concurrently, there is talk of Trump’s second in command, Vice President Mike Pence, possibly taking over come 2020.
Pence responded to these rumors with a harsh Sunday statement asserting that he is not looking at becoming president come 2020. His statement comes after a New York Times article suggested that he was preparing a “shadow campaign” to take the presidency in the event that Trump was out come 2020.
Pence’s statement reads, in part:
‘The allegations in [the NYT article] are categorically false and represent just the latest attempt by the media to divide this administration… 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.’
— Vice President Pence (@VP) August 6, 2017
You can’t get away from accountability by just calling everything “fake news,” Pence. Besides, with a record high turnover rate in Trump Administration jobs, it’s not exactly like the media has to do much to “divide this administration.”
CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski makes a very good point about Pence’s statement, writing on Twitter that he “can’t help but think reading this how little credibility strong denials like this now carry from administration.” Indeed, the Trump Administration has attacked the credibility of the New York Times over and over again, but they are the ones with a credibility problem.
Pence isn’t the first to respond negatively to the NYT; his aides, including his Chief of Staff Nick Ayers, have as well. Ayers called the NYT report in question a “total lie.”
As supposed evidence for why he really is on board with Trump and Trump alone, Pence cited a few accomplishments of the Trump Administration, including their boosts in military technology, their supposed tackling of the problem of the Islamic State terror group, and the fact that “more than 1 million jobs have been created while the stock market hits all time highs” — even though that last point doesn’t even have anything to do with Trump. Rather, we are still living in Obama’s economy.
Check out Twitter’s thoughts about Pence’s statement below.
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