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Pence says he and Trump ‘may never see eye to eye’ on US Capitol riot

  • Published at 12:58 pm June 5th, 2021
U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during a news conference on the coronavirus outbreak at the White House in Washington, DC, U.S., February 29, 2020. /Reuters
Former US President Donald Trump and former US Vice President Mike Pence during a news conference on the coronavirus outbreak at the White House in Washington, DC, US, February 29, 2020 Reuters

The former vice-president’s remarks come at a time when he is considering running for president in 2024

Mike Pence said on Thursday that he and Donald Trump have very different opinions over the riot that unfolded at the US Capitol on January 6, when a mob of the former president’s supporters stormed the building in an effort to overturn the election.

According to CNN, the former vice president made the remarks at a dinner hosted by the Hillsborough County Republican Committee in New Hampshire.

During his speech, Pence said that while he and Trump have spoken "many times" since leaving office and he remains proud of their accomplishments, he believed they both will always have starkly different views on the incident, said the report.

"I don't know if we'll ever see eye to eye on that day," he said.

“As I said that day, January 6 was a dark day in the history of the United States Capitol. But thanks to the swift action of the Capitol police and federal law enforcement, violence was quelled. The Capitol was secured,” The Guardian quoted Pence as saying.


“And that same day, we reconvened the Congress and did our duty under the constitution and the laws of the United States,” he continued.

Pence was rushed out of the Senate chamber when rioters stormed the halls of Congress on January 6, with many chanting “Hang Mike Pence” after the vice-president said he did not have the power to overturn Joe Biden’s victory.

Trump, however, remained at the White House watching the insurrection unfold.

The two men did not speak for several days after the attack and have since gone their separate ways -- including on Inauguration Day for President Joe Biden, when Pence remained in Washington to attend Biden's swearing-in ceremony and Trump left for Florida before it began, reports CNN.

Pence, who has stood loyally beside Trump amid controversy, investigation and impeachment, made such candid remarks for the first time.

His remarks came at a time when Pence is considering a potential 2024 White House run and Republicans, some of whom were angry at Trump in the days after the insurrection, have started to back Trump again.