Trump would give 'strong consideration' to backing Pence in 2024, but holds off on endorsing

John Fritze and Michael Collins

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said he would give “strong consideration” to endorsing Vice President Mike Pence if he ran for president in 2024 but declined to do so directly.

"You can't put me in that position," Trump said of the former Indiana governor during a lengthy Friday interview on Fox and Friends.

Trump's response to the question drew attention on social media, but it is not unusual for a president to hold off on speculating about a distant election. Former President Barack Obama, for instance, has not endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign for the 2020 election.   

Pence has not said whether he is contemplating a presidential campaign in 2024.

President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One.

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