Vice President Mike Pence and Donald Trump have reportedly spoken for the first time since the Capitol Hill riots. According to a senior administration official, the two met in the Oval Office and began "reflecting on the last four years of the administration's work and accomplishments."
"They reiterated that those who broke the law and stormed the Capitol last week do not represent the America First movement backed by 75 million Americans, and pledged to continue the work on behalf of the country for the remainder of their term," the official said.
The President has spent much of the last week in isolation as many of his closest aides distanced themselves from him following the Capitol Hill riots. Leading up to the riots, Trump is accused of inciting a violent mob to attack the Capitol as the Vice President presided over a joint congressional session. As the day's events unfolded, reports suggest Pence needed to be removed from the building as rioters neared the House floor. Instead of immediately condemning the mob, Trump decided to politely ask that they respect law enforcement. Ultimately, five people were killed and dozens were arrested.
“I’d say there were at least 1,000 people in the building,” U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe said.
Sen. Inhofe also said that Vice President Pence was angered by the actions of his former running mate.
“I’ve known Mike Pence forever,” he said.
“I’ve never seen Pence as angry as he was today."
With one week left in office, Pence and Trump are beginning to go their separate ways. Most notably, Vice President Mike Pence has decided to attend this month's inauguration, but President Donald Trump will not.
"[Pence is] welcome to come. I'd be honored to have him there," President-Elect Joe Biden.
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