President Donald Trump has privately asked aides about Vice President Mike Pence’s loyalty multiple times.
Trump has allegedly questioned Pence’s loyalty so many times, his White House staff is growing increasingly alarmed, the New York Times reports.
The publication added that Trump’s incessant inquiries are usually a sign that “he is irritated with someone.”
With most aides being supportive of Pence, Trump himself has shown that he’s skeptical about Pence’s allegiance.
During a press conference following the November 6 midterm elections, he asked Pence if he’d be his running mate in 2020. Pence reportedly nodded his head in agreement, according to The Hill, which prompted Trump to quizzically reply, “That was unexpected, but I feel very fine.”
According to the Times, some of the president’s outside advisers have suggested ousting Pence and in turn bringing on Nikki Haley — the former United States ambassador to the United Nations — as a potential running mate who could bring in more women voters in the 2020 election.
However, despite his lack of confidence in Pence, Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told the Times that Trump “absolutely supports the vice president and thinks he’s doing an incredible job helping to carry out the mission and policies of this administration.”