(CNSNews.com) -- At a White House press conference today, President Donald Trump asked Vice President Mike Pence whether he would be his running mate in the 2020 presidential election, and Pence said he would.
At the press conference, a reporter asked Trump if he was willing to “lock down” his 2020 ticket right then and there.
“A lot of people are going to be rushing to Iowa, rushing to New Hampshire. You know that the Democrats are already looking ahead to 2020,” the reporter said. “Do you want to lock down your ticket right now, sir? Will the vice president be your running mate in 2020?”
Trump said he had not yet asked Pence.
“Well, I haven’t asked him, but I hope so,” Trump said, to laughter from the press pool.
“Where are you?” the president asked, looking around the East Room. “Mike, will you be my running mate? Stand up, Mike, please, raise your right hand – no, I’m only kidding. Will you?”
Pence stood up and nodded, to which Trump responded, “Thank you, okay, good. The answer is yes.”
“That was unexpected, but I feel very fine,” he added, before moving on to answer more questions.
The lighthearted exchange produced applause from the audience of press members.
Pence, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Indiana and former governor of Indiana, became vice president after the 2016 election. According to the White House, he has been a “champion of limited government, fiscal responsibility, economic development, educational opportunity, and the U.S. Constitution.”