Donald Trump's right-hand man Mike Pence denies preparing to run for president in 2020

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Donald Trump’s right-hand man Mike Pence has denied a news report suggesting he is preparing a presidential bid in 2020.

Vice President Mike Pence hit back at the story, published in the New York Times on Sunday, which claimed he is planning to try and run for president in 2020 if Mr Trump does not stand.

In a statement released by the White House, Mr Pence called the story “disgraceful and offensive to me, my family, and our entire team.”

He added the allegations in the article are “categorically false” and he and his team will  “focus all our efforts to advance the president’s agenda and see him re-elected in 2020.” 

The New York Times’ report details efforts of several Republicans looking ahead to 2020, calling it a “shadow campaign.”

It notes the vice president’s political schedule and active fundraising, though it also says unnamed advisers have said Mr Pence would only run if President Trump doesn’t. 

President Trump has not suggested he won’t seek a second term. But his first six months in office have been rocky, marked by staff infighting, legislative struggles and a series of investigations. 

Speaking to ABC, White House advisor Kellyanne Conway dismissed the report and said Mr Pence is preparing to run for re-election as vice president in three years.

New York Times spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha said in an emailed statement: “We are confident in the accuracy of our reporting and will let the story speak for itself.”

Additional reporting by Associated Press.

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