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Trump Disputes NYT reports that he asked assistants about Pence loyalty

Story Continued Below Trump added:" …. I can not imagine any president having a better or closer relationship with his…

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Trump added:” …. I can not imagine any president having a better or closer relationship with his vice president when we two. Just more FACT NEWS, People’s Enemy! “

In a story published Friday the Times reported that Trump recently asked White House assistants and advisors that they considered Pence loyal before the President’s 2020 rescue campaign.

Earlier Saturday, with talks to reporters at the White House, before he left for California to investigate fires from state fires, rejected the Trump Times report.

Trump, known to keep personal loyalty as a crucial factor in many of his friendships and employment decisions, referred to the vice president as “a trooper” and “a fantastic person” who “has already been tested, in many ways. “

” I do not question his loyalty at all, “said the president of Pence, according to a pool report.” He is 100 percent loyal. It was a fake story. “

Trump also proposed that neither he nor the White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders be contacted to comment on the Times story.

” How do you do such a saga, and you do not call the boss? “said Trump.” I would give them a quote, I would say it’s not true. And that’s the end of its history. But they do not. “

The president added:” You know what the quote would be? Mike Pence is 100 percent. Now you can not do your story. So that’s why they do not like to call me for a quote. “

Maggie Haberman, a white house correspondent for the times and a co-author of the story (who is also a former POLITICO reporter) contested the president’s account in a tweet Saturday. Haberman claimed that she responded to Sanders via e-mail before the publication of the story and pointed to a quote from the White House deputy secretary Hogan Gidley found in the story.

“FACTS CHECK: E-mailed with @ PressSec and spoke with first deputy Hogan Gidley, quoted,” Haberman wrote online. “POTUS would need talk to them about why they did not give us a quote from him. “

Pence was in Singapore on Thursday for the multinational East Asian Summit where he and the National Security Adviser John Bolton spoke briefly with Russian President Vladimir Putin. On Saturday, Pence represented the United States at a summit on economic cooperation in the Asia Pacific region of Papua New Guinea.

Questioned by journalists Considering the report’s fidelity, Pence said that he and the president enjoyed “a very close” and “a very strong” relationship, according to a pool report. The vice president also revealed that the story was mentioned in a recent conversation that he shared with the president.

“It came up,” said Pence. “We had a good laugh.”

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