After frosty few days, Pence, Trump appear to reach détente


January 12, 2021

Olivier Douliery, AFP via Getty Images

Vice President Mike Pence walked back from the House Chamber followed by a Senate procession carrying boxes of electoral votes, on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2021 after a riot forced the Congressional members to evacuate. Pence and President Donald Trump met Monday evening in the Oval Office, their first conversation wince the riot.

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence appear to have come to a détente after nearly a week of silence, anger and finger-pointing.

The two met Monday evening in the Oval Office and had a "good conversation," according to a senior administration official. It was their first time speaking since last Wednesday, when Trump incited his supporters to storm the Capitol building as Pence was presiding over certification of November's election results. Pence and his family were forced into hiding.

During their conversation, the official said, Trump and Pence pledged to continue to work for "the remainder of their term" - a seeming acknowledgement that the vice president will not pursue efforts to try to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office with nine days left in his term.


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