President Donald Trump expects to serve eight years, and speculation about GOP contenders in 2020 is a “parlor game” played by those who aren’t in Trump’s “inner circle,” top aide Kellyanne Conway said Sunday.
“He plans on being a two-term president,” Conway said, adding: “Republican consultants and people trying to play the parlor game. They’re not in the, I would say, Trump inner circle because they did not believe in him.”
Conway said she has “zero concern” about a Pence shadow campaign.
“That is complete fiction, complete fabrication,” she said. “I know his advisers who had comments attributed to them have pushed back strongly, as has the vice president and as am I right now. Vice President Pence is a very loyal, very dutiful and incredibly effective and active vice president with this president.”
She also refuted suggestions Trump was considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, who’s leading an investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and possible Trump campaign collusion.
“The entire Russia investigation is a hypothetical,” she declared.
“The president took on a new tack speaking the other night” at a rally in West Virginia, she said. “He told the people there and around the country that those who are pushing this phony fabricated Russia investigation are cheating you, the voters, out of what you clearly said you want. … He’s making good on the promises.”