Michael D’Antonio, a CNN contributor and biographer who wrote “The Truth About Trump,” said in a new interview that Vice President Pence believes God is “calling him” to “function as a president-in-waiting.”
“Absolutely everything Mike Pence does is oriented toward him becoming president,” D’Antonio said during an appearance on CNN on Tuesday in promotion of his new book, “The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence.”
“His decision to accept Donald Trump’s offer to be his running mate — it even goes back much further,” D’Antonio said. “By the time he had left high school, he had decided that he was going to be president of the United States. … He thought God was calling him to, now, be vice president and function as a president-in-waiting.”
D’Antonio added that Pence has been “effective in this pursuit” by becoming a member of Congress, governor of Indiana and now Trump’s vice president.
“We see Donald Trump in this huge crisis, this rolling chaos,” D’Antonio said. “And I think, with every day, Mike Pence imagines he’s one day closer to the Oval Office.”
When asked by CNN host John Berman if he believes Pence is “maneuvering to get the top job” at the expense of Trump, D’Antonio replied: “Oh, I think yes.”
“I think he’s positioning himself to be the normal guy — the guy you can trust,” D’Antonio continued, adding that though the Pence has been seen in recent weeks around the country promoting the president’s agenda. The vice president is “really promoting the development of his own network.”
“He established a PAC before any vice president did. His infrastructure for running for office is complete,” D’Antonio added. “So, should Trump stumble, should he decide not to run again, Pence 2020 would be an automatic thing.”