Trump denies questioning VP's allegiance, says Pence is '100% loyal'
Posted November 17, 2018 10:11 a.m. EST
(CNN) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that he does not question the loyalty of Vice President Mike Pence and slammed The New York Times for publishing a story suggesting that he had.
"No, I don't question his loyalty at all. He is 100% loyal. It was a phony story," Trump told reporters at the White House as he departed for California.
"Mike Pence is 100%," Trump said. "Not even a doubt about it in my mind. He's been a trooper. He's been with me from as soon as I won the primaries. I could not be happier."
Trump claimed the Times "never called me for a comment" before publishing a story Friday that reported the President had asked confidants whether they thought Pence was loyal to him.
The President has not publicly suggested he is considering replacing Pence either before or for a 2020 re-election bid..
Overseas in Papua New Guinea, Pence told reporters that he and Trump discussed the story and had a "good laugh" about it.
On Friday, the White House denied the Times' reporting.
"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.