President Donald Trump has been telling his closest political advisors in recent weeks that he wants Vice President Mike Pence to be with him on the ticket in 2020, CNBC has learned.
The development comes amid media speculation that Trump could ditch Pence in favor of another running mate.
Trump has told confidants that he wants Pence to be his running mate in the next election, and the vice president has privately told him he's ready to defend the administration against a likely onslaught of Democratic presidential candidates running to replace them, according to three people with direct knowledge of the matter.
During a November news conference, Trump himself asked Pence if he would be his running mate. The former Indiana governor nodded his head "yes." However, since then, Vanity Fair reported that Trump was thinking about ditching Pence.
The latest news might not end the speculation about Pence's fate, though, since Trump is known to change his mind without notice – as his recent search for a new chief of staff demonstrated.