Although he insisted that it was a friendly last interaction, Mike Pence revealed that he hasn’t spoken to Donald Trump for almost a year, hinting that the long lapse in communication is due to the Capitol Hill riots of January 6, 2021. As Pence told Fox News’ Jesse Watters on January 27, “We talked last summer. And you know I’ve said many times, it was difficult, January 6 was difficult. It was a tragic day in the life of the nation.” He added, “I know I did my duty under the Constitution of the United States, but the president and I sat down in the days that followed that, we spoke about it, talked through it, we parted amicably.”
Pence was ferociously skewered by Trump and his supporters for refusing to overthrow the results of the 2020 presidential election. While people protesting the election results at the riots chanting “Hang Mike Pence,” Trump told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl in November 2021 — in audio the journalist shared exclusively with Axios — “I thought he was well protected, and I heard that he was in good shape.” Trump added, “The people were very angry… It’s common sense that you’re supposed to protect. How can you — if you know a vote is fraudulent, right? How can you pass a fraudulent vote to Congress?”
It seems at least some love has been lost in this once-strong bromance.