Donald Trump has repeatedly lambasted Vice President Mike Pence publicly and privately for refusing to try to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s win.
Pence presided over joint session of Congress to count and verify electoral college vote on Wednesday January 6th, his role was merely a formality and had no power to stop the process as Trump demanded of him.
Pence had been loyal to Trump throughout the president’s four years in office. He however attracted the ire of his boss by going against his wish to prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s win.
Trump has increasingly isolated himself in the White House, relying on a small group of diehard loyalists and lashing out at those who dare to cross him, including Pence.
The small group of diehard Trump loyalists include; digital director Dan Scavino, personal aide John McEntee, trade adviser Peter Navarro, speechwriter Stephen Miller and personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Some longtime advisers are steering clear of talking to Trump after he incited hundreds of supporters who stormed Congress on January 6th.
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The unprecedented breach of the Capitol building on Wednesday forced Pence and other members of Congress to be evacuated just as they had convened to certify the 2020 election victory of President-elect Biden.
The president launched asymmetrical warfare against Pence after the Wednesday certification, going as far as blocking his chief of staff Marc Short from accessing the White House.
The rift between Trump and Pence is deep and they may never speak to each other again – according to sources close to the US vice president.
Pence however still hold the keys to Trump’s removal from office. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called on the Vice President to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office.
Invoking the 25th Amendment would require Pence and a majority of the Cabinet to vote to remove Trump from office due to his inability to discharge the powers and duties of his office.
Any 25th Amendment push faces an unprecedented steep hill to come to fruition as Pence has shown little appetite to ‘overthrow’ Trump.