- President Donald Trump has not contacted Vice President Mike Pence since the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, according to an NBC News report.
- NBC News Washington senior correspondent Hallie Jackson reported on Sunday that Trump did not contact Pence on Wednesday evening, when the vice president chaired the Electoral College certification process.
- For weeks, Trump implored Pence to overturn the election results, with a campaign of public pressure that included extremely high levels of tweets.
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President Donald Trump has not contacted Vice President Mike Pence since the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, according to an NBC News report.
NBC News Washington senior correspondent Hallie Jackson reported Sunday that Trump did not contact Pence on Wednesday evening, when the vice president presided over the Electoral College certification process which was revived after being disrupted by the pro-Trump rioters who raped the Capitol.
“I’m told that not only did the president not contact Vice President Pence on Wednesday night – he hasn’t called him since, according to a source familiar with the matter,” Jackson tweeted. “It’s an extraordinary detail.”
—Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) January 10, 2021
Jackson appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press”, where she said the relationship between the two men was “not good” and noted that after the January 6 riots broke out, Pence was moved to a safe place with his family, who had come to the Capitol to attend the certification.
“I think that reflects … how acrimonious [their relationship] has become, ”Jackson said.
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Pence is said to have never left the Capitol building during the riots that left five people dead.
For weeks Trump pleaded with Pence to overturn the election results. Under the Constitution, Pence, who acts as Speaker of the Senate in his role as Vice President, is required to announce the final Electoral College tally before a joint session of Congress.
Early on January 7, Congress finally certified President-elect Joe Biden’s 306-232 victory in the Electoral College.
Jackson detailed the extraordinary pressure on Pence.
“I’m told that as early as December 15 – mid-December, so weeks ago – there was backstage maneuvering basically trying to get the vice president to do what the president wanted,” he said. she declared.
Since the Capitol Riots, a bipartisan group of lawmakers have called on Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office, but Jackson said he was told the vice president was skeptical of the of such a decision.
“This is what we have heard and reported from people close to her allies,” she added. “But there is real worry and anger here about the way this is going.”