U.S Vice-President, Mike Pence has dismissed as “disgraceful and offensive” a report suggesting he is preparing a run for president in 2020.
The New York Times said a “shadow campaign” had been set up by some Republicans on the assumption Donald Trump would not stand again.
Citing multiple sources, the article said Pence had implied that he would plan to run if Trump did not.
Pence said the report was an attempt to divide the administration.
The Times story said the turmoil around the White House, including investigations into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during last year’s election, had prompted some Republicans to take steps “unheard-of so soon into a new administration”.
In a statement, Pence said that The allegations in this article are categorically false.
“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.”
Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway also dismissed the report as “complete fiction”.