Vice President Mike Pence called an article in the New York Times "disgraceful and offensive" for reporting of a potential "shadow campaign" run against President Trump in the 2020 election.
"The allegations in this article are categorically false and represent just the latest attempt by the media to divide this Administration," Pence said in a statement shared by the White House on Sunday, calling the article "fake news."
The newspaper reported this weekend that the GOP is losing faith in Trump and is looking to back someone other than Trump in the 2020 race. The report said that members of Pence's team have spoken privately of setting up a campaign to challenge Trump in the next presidential race.
Pence's aides quickly pushed back on the report, with Marc Lotter, the vice president's press secretary, calling it "wishful thinking" by the New York Times. Pence criticized the article as being "disgraceful and offensive to me, my family, and our entire team. "
Pence added, "[w]hatever 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."
The vice president went on to tout his support for Trump and his agenda.
"The American people know that I could not be more honored to be working side by side with a president who is making America great again," he said. "Thanks to the President's leadership, we are rebuilding the military, ISIS is on the run, and we've seen more than 1 million jobs created while the stock market hits all-time highs."
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway also refuted the New York Times story on ABC's "This Week" . "It is absolutely true that the vice president is getting ready for 2020, for re-election as vice president," Conway said Sunday morning.