In a Sunday appearance on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” White House adviser Kellyanne Conway savaged a New York Times report published Saturday that insinuated Mike Pence may be running against (or instead of) Donald Trump as president in 2020.
No doubt ticking off millions of liberals who were hoping that the president might be stepping aside, Conway called the report “complete fiction” and stated that the president plans to be in the White House for a long time to come.
The response came after Stephanopoulos asked her about the article, which “cites interviews with 75 Republicans at every level of the party.”
“They say they expressed widespread uncertainty about president — whether President Trump will run in 2020,” Stephanopoulos said. “Are you convinced he wants to run again and what do you make of the story?”
“The president says privately and publicly often, George, that he’ll be there for seven-and-a-half more years. So he plans on being a two-term president,” Conway responded, going on to chide the Republicans quoted in the piece.
“First of all, I think that in the Republican Party for many decades, we have suffered from what I call staff infection — people who are rewarded for losses. Most of the people quoted, most of the people involved, I’m sure, have never won a national political campaign like the one I was involved in and you were involved in years ago,” she said.
“And I want to make a remark about Vice President Pence. I’ve worked with him for ten years as his pollster, as his senior adviser, and certainly work with him daily in the White House. It is absolutely true that the vice president is getting ready for 2020, for reelection as vice president.”
“So no concern he’s setting up a shadow campaign?” Stephanopoulos said.
“Zero concern,” Conway said. “That is complete fiction. That is complete fabrication. And I know that his advisers who had comments attributed to them have pushed back very strongly, as has the vice president. And as am I right now unequivocally.”
She also had a message to establishment conservatives who might be tempted to undermine Trump’s presidency.
“I would tell my Republican brethren: get on board. Help us with tax reform and health reform and stop looking at 2020,” Conway said.
Conway’s appearance on ABC wasn’t the only message from the White House regarding The Times’ article, which claimed that Pence was one of several individuals running a “shadow campaign” against the president, amid “widespread uncertainty about whether Mr. Trump would be on the ballot in 2020” from members of the GOP.
“The allegations made in this article are categorically false,” Pence said in a statement, calling the Times piece “fake news” and “laughable and absurd.”
So, sorry liberals. It appears the president will be on the ballot in 2020 — much to the chagrin of those who hope he’ll only be a one-term president.
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Source: Conservative Tribune