President Trump early Monday blasted The New York Times following its report that multiple Republicans are jockeying to run for the White House in 2020, calling the publication “totally inept.”

“The failing @nytimes, which has made every wrong prediction about me including my big election win (apologized), is totally inept!” the president tweeted.


The Times in its report on Saturday said that multiple advisers to Vice President Pence claimed he has hinted that he is ready to run in 2020 if Trump does not.

Pence on Sunday, however, called that report “laughable and absurd.”

“The American people know that I could not be more honored to be working side by side with a president who is making America great again,” Pence said in a statement.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway also said Sunday that Trump plans to run for a second term.

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“The president says privately and publicly, often, George, that he’ll be president for seven-and-a-half more years, so he plans on being a two-term president,” Conway told host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.”

The Times has frequently been among the president’s media targets.

He called it dishonest, for example, in a March tweet just days after calling one of its reporters to give an exclusive interview on healthcare.

This report was updated at 7:11 a.m.