Trump asks Pence during press conference to be on 2020 ticket

Trump asks Pence during press conference to be on 2020 ticket
© Greg Nash

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE on Wednesday asked Vice President Pence to be his running mate in 2020 in an impromptu exchange during a White House press conference.

A reporter asked Trump if he would be willing to lock in Pence as his running mate for 2020, given prospective Democratic presidential candidates are likely to begin jockeying for the nomination now that the midterms are over. 

"Well I haven’t asked him, but I hope so," Trump said.

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"Mike, will you be my running mate?" he added, calling on Pence to stand up.

The vice president nodded his head in affirmation as some White House staff in the room applauded.

"That was unexpected, but I feel very fine," Trump said.

Trump picked Pence, the former governor of Indiana, to be his running mate in 2016. Pence has since emerged as an unflinching defender and supporter of the president, at times drawing mockery on social media for the ways in which he mirrors the president.

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