Former Vice President Mike Pence stated Monday that he has a “strong relationship” with former President Donald Trump and added that the 2 had sat down and “talked through” their variations within the days after the lethal Jan. 6 riot on the US Capitol.
“Look, you can’t spend almost five years in a political foxhole with somebody without developing a strong relationship,” Pence instructed Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “And, you know, January 6 was a tragic day in the history of our Capitol building. But thanks to the efforts of Capitol Hill police, federal officials, the Capitol was secured. We finished our work, and the president and I sat down a few days later and talked through all of it.”
Pence added that he and Trump had “parted amicably at the end of the administration and we’ve talked a number of times since we both left office.”
The then-vice president was presiding over the congressional certification of the 2020 presidential election outcomes when pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol and compelled Pence and different lawmakers to take refuge in safe areas of the constructing. Some rioters erected a gallows and chanted “Hang Mike Pence!” as they made their method by the Senate chamber.
Trump had publicly insisted that Pence reject the election ends in the leadup to Jan. 6, an unprecedented transfer, which might have triggered a constitutional disaster.
According to the current e-book “Peril,” authored by Washington Post affiliate editor Bob Woodward and reporter Robert Costa, Pence reached out to former Vice President Dan Quayle — a fellow Hoosier — for recommendation.
After Pence instructed Quayle that “you don’t know the position I’m in,” Woodward and Costa write, Quayle instructed him: “I do know the position you’re in. I also know what the law is. You listen to the parliamentarian. That’s all you do. You have no power.”
In June, Pence acknowledged to a gathering of New Hampshire Republicans that he didn’t know if he and Trump would “ever see eye to eye on that day.”
The House of Representatives has since convened a choose committee to look at the occasions of that day and has issued a number of subpoenas, together with to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and longtime Trump ally Steve Bannon.
On Monday, Pence argued that “the media needs to distract from the Biden administration’s failed agenda by specializing in someday in January. They wish to use that someday to try to demean the character and intentions of 74 million Americans who believed we might be sturdy once more and affluent once more and supported our administration in 2016 and 2020.
“But for our part, I truly believe we all ought to remain completely focused on the future,” he stated. “That’s where I’m focused and I believe the future is bright.”