“I think Mike Pence has been an outstanding VP,” Trump told reporters in New Jersey shortly before boarding Air Force One. “I think that he has been incredible in terms of the love that a lot of people, especially if you look at the evangelicals and so many the others, they really have a great respect for the vice president, and so do I. And so do I think most people.”
Trump also said that while other names had been floated to replace Pence on the ticket, he had no plans to abandon his vice president.
“A lot of the people, amazingly, they bring different names up and they brought a lot of different names,” Trump said. “That’s, by the way, standard. That’s standard. Everybody thought that President Obama was going to change Biden. They thought second term, he was going to change that. Everybody thought that, but he didn’t do that. But no, I’m very happy with Mike Pence.”
As the incumbent, Trump is likely to be the Republican nominee for the presidency in 2020. Democrats are still vying for their party’s nomination to challenge him.
A Fox News poll released last week, however, cast the upcoming race as an uphill battle for the president. The poll showed Trump losing against a spate of prominent Democrats, including former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Trump’s disapproval ratings were also at near-record highs.
On Sunday, Trump told reporters that he wasn’t “happy” with the Fox News poll, saying he doesn’t believe the results.
“Fox has changed,” Trump said. “My worst polls have always been from Fox.”