Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s relationship is not on solid footing at the end of their term in office.
And President Trump got some more bad news.
That’s because Mike Pence made one phone call to Kamala Harris that took Donald Trump by surprise.
In the final week of the Trump administration, Vice President Mike Pence assumed the traditional ceremonial roles that would normally fall to the President.
After the President and Pence had a brief falling out over Pence performing his constitutional duty to count the Electoral College votes, Pence saw his reputation in the media rise.
Rioters were reportedly a minute away from breaking into a room Pence’s security detail evacuated him to at the Capitol.
It was Vice President Pence who met with the National Guard troops stationed at the Capitol to provide security for the inauguration.
Vice President Pence also called Kamala Harris to congratulate her on being Vice President-elect.
The Associated Press reports:
Vice President Mike Pence has called his soon-to-be successor Kamala Harris to offer his congratulations, according to two people familiar with the conversation.
It’s the first known contact between the elected members of the outgoing and incoming administrations. President Donald Trump has not reached out to President-elect Joe Biden or invited him to the White House, and has instead spent the weeks since he lost the Nov. 3 election holed up at the White House, trying to undermine the legitimacy of Biden’s win with baseless claims of mass voter fraud that culminated in last week’s violent storming of the Capitol building.
Donald Trump conceded the election the day after the riot at the Capitol by announcing that he would take part in a peaceful transfer of power.
But the fake news media made a big deal about President Trump not congratulating Joe Biden.
To be clear, that is not a constitutional requirement.
Every move Vice President Pence now makes is about positioning himself for a 2024 presidential campaign.
Pence is counting on his four years of loyal service to Donald Trump to appeal to the Trump base.
But Pence also knows the GOP establishment and donor class hate President Trump and his voters.
That’s why Pence is performing these traditional transition rituals so to show the big money fat cats, lobbyists, strategists and party pooh-bahs that he can also fill the role of predictable and “normal” President.
It’s an open question if this strategy will work.
Before Donald Trump picked Pence out of Indiana to serve as his running mate, Pence had strong ties to the evangelical community, but also supported endless wars, globalist trade deals that benefited China and amnesty.
The fake news media spent four years lampooning Pence for always defending Donald Trump as if any Vice President goes out of their way to criticize their boss.
But at the end of the Trump Presidency, Pence is trying to establish himself as a party standard-bearer that transcends above the daily manufactured media outrages of the Trump administration and the keeper of official Washington’s flame.
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