‘I suspect the timing is anything but coincidental,’ a Pence ally told the newsite.
Vice President Mike Pence is eyeing a week-long trip abroad after the January 6 House of Representatives session he’ll have to preside over to lock in the presidential election result in favor of President-elect Joe Biden
Politico reported Thursday that Pence plans to travel to Bahrain, Israel and Poland and could be trying to avoid the wrath of President Donald Trump (left) who has continued to refuse to concede the election to President-elect Joe Biden (right)
Pence, who as vice president is also president of the Senate, will be put in the awkward position of presiding over a January 6 session of the House of Representatives where the Electoral College vote tallies are confirmed.
Republicans could delay the final sign-off if one member of the House and one member of the Senate challenges any of the state’s results.
Then members of the House and Senate will go back to their respective chambers and debate the challenge, but only a majority vote is needed to overrule any objection.
So while GOP lawmakers could delay the inevitable, Pence will eventually have to announce Biden’s win.
That could lead President Donald Trump to unleashing on Pence, as he has Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who’s has been a top ally to the president during his nearly four years in office, but congratulated Biden for winning the White House Tuesday on the Senate floor.
Trump supporters will likely come at Pence too, convinced that the election was ‘stolen,’ despite the president being unable to present any evidence of widespread voter fraud.
The last vice president to skip the event was Vice President Hubert Humphrey in 1969. He was the Democratic nominee and had been defeated by Republican Richard Nixon.
Pence’s allies told Politico they believe he’ll fulfill his duty and preside over the special session.
But then afterward, Pence could avoid the wrath of the president and his supporters, while still touting progress made by the current administration, by going on the road.
The trip would highlight a series of peace deals the administration has helped ink between Israel and Middle Eastern countries, including Bahrain.
If Pence is looking forward to a 2024 presidential run, this could further cement his Christian evangelical support, as the group feels strongly pro-Israel.