Donald Trump saved Mike Pence’s political career four years ago when Trump selected Pence as his running mate.
But now there are some cracks in the relationship.
And that’s because Mike Pence is about to walk out on Donald Trump at the onetime Trump needs him.
On January 6, both houses of Congress will meet to certify the Electoral College results.
Trump supporters realize this is the end of the road for the President’s challenges to what they see as fraudulent election results.
As President of the Senate, Vice President Mike Pence will perform his constitutional duty and preside over the gathering.
If no Republican senator objects to the results or the Senate votes down a challenge by one of their Republican colleagues, Vice President Pence will preside over officially ending Donald Trump’s Presidency and handing over power to what the vast majority of Trump supporters contend is an illegitimate President Joe Biden.
Pence knows this will likely attract the wrath of Trump supporters furious that the election was stolen from the President and Pence has plans to skip out of the country on foreign travel within hours of the vote.
But Pence could dodge their ire by leaving Washington immediately for the Middle East and Europe. According to three U.S. officials familiar with the planning, the vice president is eyeing a foreign trip that would take him overseas for nearly a week, starting on Jan. 6.
Though Pence aides declined to confirm details of the trip, which remains tentative, a U.S. government document seen by POLITICO shows the vice president is due to travel to Bahrain, Israel and Poland, with the possibility of more stops being added. A pre-advance team of Pence aides and other U.S. officials left earlier this week to visit the planned stops in preparation for the multicountry tour, which would be Pence’s first trip abroad since last January, when he traveled to Rome and Jerusalem on a whirlwind two-day sojourn.
For four years Vice President Pence faithfully served President Trump.
But since the election Pence tried to straddle the line.
Pence told Trump supporters that the President wanted to count every legal vote, but Pence also tried to make sure the fake news media didn’t write mean things about him by not echoing the President’s allegations that the election was rigged.
Vice President Pence is clearly planning his own run for the White House in 2024 in anticipation of President Trump not mounting a comeback.
And Pence believes that he needs to maintain credibility with President Trump’s MAGA base while at the same time not alienating establishment Republicans that focus on “electability.”
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