President Donald Trump did not intend to attend the recent National Rifle Association meeting until he learned that Vice President Mike Pence would give the keynote speech.
This led to a change in plans in the West According to two people familiar with the arrangement, and almost a week after the NRA announced that Pence would speak, Wing was added to the President shortly after Pence to speak.
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It was not the first time Trump has changed his plans. Originally, Pence, not Trump, wanted to travel to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. But after seeing who else would attend, Trump decided instead to make the trip himself, and to delete Pence from the schedule, according to a person who was familiar with the matter. A White House official said that none of the planning decisions were based on the vice president's plans.
And Trump knocks on Pence in a different, smaller way: On Tuesday, anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List announced that Trump would headline its annual Washington Gala this year after Pence delivered the keynote address last year. One official said the plan was scheduled for weeks.
From the beginning, the former Indiana governor has avoided criticizing or even disagreeing with Trump, and silently stepped aside when Trump decided that the spotlight would be his, leaving conservative columnist George Will recently accused him of "crawling". Pence has played the role of loyal surrogate, enthusiastic cheerleader, and permanent defender, and has called on special adviser Robert Mueller to complete his investigation and to raise questions about Trump's former lawyer. Michael Cohen, as a "Private Affair"