- Marc Short said Trump and Penny left the White House “friendly” last month.
- Although Trump is scheduled to deliver a speech at CPAC this week, Pence reportedly refused to attend.
- Short said: “The president told the vice president that he did an excellent job for him.”
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Former Vice President Mike Pence (Mike Pence) Chief of Staff Marc Short (Marc Short) said on Saturday that “despite differences,” former Vice President and former President Donald Trump were “friendly” last month. Leaving” left the White House, and talked to everyone thereafter. other.
According to Politico, although Trump is scheduled to speak at the high-profile Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida this week, Pence reportedly declined to attend this year.
According to CNN, the organizers hope Pence will change his mind and attend the meeting, and a source told the network that the former vice president’s goal is to keep a low profile for the next six months.
When Penny attended the inauguration of President Joe Biden last month and interacted with his successor, Vice President Kamala Harris, Trump set off for the Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida and skipped the ceremony.
Trump spent months arguing about the validity of the election and tried to throw away votes in several states. He pressured Penny during the certification process on January 6 to reject the election results of the Electoral College. .
Pence argued in a letter to Congress that he cannot unilaterally throw away the results.
Before the Capitol riots began, Trump spoke to a group of people gathered not far from the White House.
Trump said: “Mike Pence will have to solve it for us.”
According to reports, Trump did not talk to Pence in the days following the riots. According to NBC News, Pence and his family had to move to a safe place in the Capitol.
When CNN’s Pamela Brown asked Pence how to deal with Trump’s election-related criticism, especially during the hostile situation in the Capitol, he said that the former vice president focused on more relevant issues. problem.
“The safe position of the vice president on the phone [GOP House] Leader McCarthy, [GOP Senate] Leader McConnell, Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi, and [Democratic Senate] Leader Schumer is trying to figure out how we can get back to work as quickly as possible,” he said. “His point is actually how quickly we can resume and complete the work of the American people and not allow those who have committed crimes. People. These crimes will be victorious that day. “
The brief moment of diminishing any tension between the two of them.
He said: “The reality is that the president and the vice president meet.” “They had a few conversations before they left. They left amicably. The president told the vice president that he did an excellent job for him. They have been talking since then. .”
He added: “It is clear that the role of the vice president on January 6 is divided, but I think at that moment, the vice president focused on getting the job done and staying in office until it is completed.”