'100 percent': Trump says Pence will be running mate

'100 percent': Trump says Pence will be running mate
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerang States, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash A Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press MORE said in an interview broadcast early Sunday that Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceShort defends Trump's tweets as a 'very effective way' to communicate with Americans Trump's 'two steps forward, one step backward' strategy with China The state of the Democratic primary: Heading to a brokered convention?   MORE has been "terrific" and will be his running mate in 2020.

"When you were asked about Mike Pence in 2024 and you, and you, and you paused a minute about endorsing him as your successor, that got a lot of people going, 'Is Mike Pence 100 percent on your ticket in 2020?' " host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddCandidates make electability arguments, talk Bloomberg as focus turns to more diverse states Biden says he has to do 'really well' in South Carolina Biden urges Sanders to take accountability for supporters' threats on culinary union MORE said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"Well, look, look -- 100 percent, yes," Trump replied.

"100 percent?" Todd asked.

"Oh yeah," the president responded.

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"There is no wiggle room?" Todd then asked.

"He's been, he’s been a terrific vice president. He's my friend and … No. Zero. Zero," Trump replied.

"So why'd you hesitate in endorsing him in being, succeeding you?" Todd asked.

"Because it was a surprise question," the president said.  "I mean, you know, I’m not even thinking of it. It's so far out. I mean, It's so far out. That would be the only reason. Now what happens in 2024? I don't know that Mike is going to run. I don't know who's running or anything else."

Trump earlier this month declined to give his endorsement to Pence should he make a White House bid of his own in 2024.

“You're talking about a long time. You can't put me in that position,” Trump said on Fox News Channel's “Fox & Friends.”

The president said he would have to evaluate the field of candidates but added that Pence is a “very, very outstanding person." He said he would give a possible Pence candidacy “strong consideration.”