Angry Pence denies eyeing presidency

WASHINGTON: US Vice President Mike Pence angrily rejected a report on Sunday that he is laying the groundwork for a possible 2020 run for the presidency, calling it “absurd” and “categorically false.” The New York Times reported on Sunday that the turmoil around the presidency of Donald Trump — including investigations into links between his presidential campaign and Russia — had prompted several top Republicans, including Pence, to begin “what amounts to a shadow campaign for 2020.” It is extremely rare for politicians of a president’s party — let alone his own vice president — to begin preparing just six months into his first term for the possibility he will not run for a second. — AFP