Trump and Pence signal president won’t resign or be removed

WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) – Mr Donald Trump and his vice-president, Mike Pence, agreed in a meeting on Monday (Jan 11) to work together for the remainder of their term, according to a senior administration official, signalling that the president won’t resign or face removal by his cabinet after last week’s riot at the US Capitol.

It was the first time the men have spoken since the president incited his supporters to storm the Capitol while Mr Pence was presiding over formal affirmation of his re-election defeat, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The two men agreed that people who broke the law and stormed the Capitol don’t represent Mr Trump’s “America First” movement and pledged to continue their work on behalf of the country for the remainder of their term, the official said in a statement.

It was a good conversation in which Mr Trump and Mr Pence discussed the week ahead and reflected on the last four years of the administration’s work, the official said.

Mr Pence was furious at Mr Trump after hundreds of the president’s supporters breached the Capitol last Wednesday, disrupting the count of Electoral College votes and causing the vice-president and lawmakers to flee the House and Senate chambers.

The incident raised the prospect that Mr Pence might act to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which allows the vice-president and a majority of the cabinet to remove the president from office – a move encouraged by Democratic members of Congress.

But Mr Pence has privately dismissed the idea as not feasible, according to one person familiar with the matter.

The senior administration official’s statement about their meeting appeared to put the matter to rest, and also rule out a presidential resignation, by saying the men had agreed to work together until the end of Mr Trump’s term.

The vice-president’s office and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’s team coordinated on the official’s statement, according to people familiar with the matter.

The official and the people familiar with the matter asked not to be identified because the meeting between Mr Trump and Mr Pence wasn’t announced.