Trump and Pence Signal President Won’t Resign or Be Removed

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Vice President Mike Pence signaled he’ll spurn demands to immediately oust President Donald Trump over the chaos and mayhem at the U.S. Capitol last week, according to a senior administration official.

The senior official told Bloomberg News that Trump and Pence met in the Oval Office and agreed that people who broke into the Capitol don’t represent Trump’s “America First” movement and pledged to continue their work on behalf of the country for the remainder of their term.

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

There are no plans for Trump to resign or Pence to support calls from Democrats that he use the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a scathing letter to colleagues on Sunday that the House “will proceed” with bringing legislation to the floor to impeach President Donald Trump.

She said the House will act with solemnity but also urgency with just days remaining before Trump is to leave office on January 20.

She called on Vice President Mike Pence to convene and mobilize the Cabinet to activate the 25th Amendment and declare Trump incapable of executing the duties of his office.

“After which the Vice President would immediately exercise powers as Acting President,” she said.

She told her caucus, now scattered across the country on a two-week recess, to “be prepared to return to Washington this week” but did not say outright that there would be a vote on impeachment.

“If we do not receive Unanimous Consent, this legislation is planned to be brought up on the Floor the following day. We are calling on the Vice President to respond within 24 hours,” she wrote.

A few Never-Trump Republicans have followed Pelosi’s lead.

Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said in an interview: “I want him to resign. I want him out. He has caused enough damage.”

Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott tweeted: “Make no mistake, the President of the United States is responsible for this event. President Trump has orchestrated a campaign to cause an insurrection that overturns the results of a free, fair, and legal election. There is no doubt that the President’s delusion, fabrication, self-interest, and ego have led us – step by step – to this very low, and very dangerous, a moment in American history. Enough is enough. President Trump should resign or be removed from office by his Cabinet, or by the Congress.”

Maryland GOP Gov. Larry Hogan also called for Trump’s removal or resignation.

“I think there’s no question that America would be better off if the president would resign or be removed from office and if Mike Pence, the vice president of the United States, would conduct a peaceful transition of power over the next 13 days until President [Joe] Biden is sworn in,” he said.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, meanwhile, said that “people should pursue whatever they believe will make it possible — through the most expeditious way possible — for the president to step down and for the vice president to assume the powers of the office for the next 14 days so that an orderly transition can take place.”

“I think it’s important at this point that there be an orderly transition and that that transition is led by the vice president,” Baker added.