Trump Is Questioning Mike Pence's Loyalty

WASHINGTON DC- NOVEMBER 07 U.S. President Donald Trump arrives with Vice President Mike Pence to give remarks a day after the midterm elections

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PORT MORESBY-The United States will not back down from its trade dispute with the Chinese regime, and might even double its tariffs, unless Beijing bows to USA demands, Vice President Mike Pence said on November 17.

After President Trump denied questioning the loyalty of Vice President Mike Pence, Sean Spicer praised Pence's effectiveness on Fox & Friends.

"We've put tariffs on US$250 billion (RM1.04 billion) in Chinese goods and that number could more than double", he said. "It's fake news, and that's what breaks up a country". This after Trump made a public gesture during a post-midterms press conference last week by asking Pence about the 2020 ticket.

"It's quite likely that the president has been reflecting on who's loyal, who's not loyal ... and he's starting to be paranoid in a way that's nearly feral", Pulitzer Prize winning biographer Michael D'Antonio said during a CNN interview on Friday.

Earlier Saturday, Trump also mentioned the report as he spoke with reporters before leaving for California.

According to the Friday report, the president has been asking aides and advisers whether they believe Pence is loyal. "He's already been tested in many ways", he said. It was a phony story. a typical New York Times phony story.

"How do you do a story like that?" he asked.

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"Attempts to erect barriers and cut close economic ties work against the laws of economics and the trends of history". The anti-protectionism sentiment was also echoed by the Chinese president, Xi Jinping.

Maggie Haberman, a White House correspondent for the Times and a co-author of the story (who is also a former POLITICO reporter), disputed the president's account in a tweet Saturday.

According to The Times, outside advisers have suggested Pence may not be a strong running mate for the 2020 presidential election.

Hogan Gidley, deputy press secretary, told the publication "The president absolutely supports the vice president and thinks he's doing an incredible job helping to carry out the mission and policies of this administration".

Vice President Mike Pence warned Saturday that U.S. sanctions and pressure on China would remain in place until Beijing reforms its trade practices.

He said the USA was working to improve relations with Beijing, and pointed to Trump's upcoming meeting with Xi as an opportunity for progress.

Representative to the APEC leaders' summit Morris Chang (張忠謀) interacted with US Vice President Mike Pence and other leaders attending the annual event, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.

"We are witnessing a rising tide of trade protectionism along with financial volatility in some emerging economies", Morrison said.

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