In January, Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol building in an attempt to stop the certification of President Joe Biden. Reports suggested Mr P
In January, Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol building in an attempt to stop the certification of President Joe Biden. Reports suggested Mr Pence and Mr Trump’s relationship had deteriorated after the former President blasted his Vice President for not refusing to certify Mr Biden’s election victory.
Mr Trump’s daughter Ivanka was a senior White House adviser to her father during his time in office.
Sources familiar with the matter told the Washington Post how Ivanka encouraged Mr Trump to reach out to Mr Pence following the deadly riots in Washington.
Mr Pence was “very upset” on the day of the Capitol siege, according to a Republican senator.
Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma told reporters at Capitol Hill that he had “never seen Pence as angry as he was today”.
Five days later, Mr Trump met with Mr Pence in the Oval Office for the first time to talk about the situation.
Conflicting accounts described the 90-minute-long meeting. While one report noted its “friendly” nature, another described it as “uncomfortable” and “stilted”.
One source told the Washington Post that Ivanka’s husband Jared Kushner jokingly compared the encounter to his efforts at building peace in the Middle East.
Mr Kushner also served as a senior adviser to his father-in-law Mr Trump at the White House.
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Democrats did not secure the 67 votes needed to convict Mr Trump after five days of trial.
All 50 Democrats voted to impeach while just seven Republicans voted to impeach.
Forty three opted to acquit the former President.
Mr Trump released a statement after the vote was announced in which he claimed his movement “has only just begun”.
He said: “Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun.
“In the months ahead, I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people. There has never been anything like it.”
Mr Trump refused to attend President Biden’s inauguration ceremony last month.
He is the first President to snub a successor’s inauguration since 1869 and only the fourth President to have done so in US history.
But his former Vice President Mr Pence chose to ignore Mr Trump and attend the inauguration ceremony of the new President.
During the violent riots, Mr Trump reportedly never called Mr Pence, who was in the Capitol building at the time, to make sure he was ok.
A source close to Mr Pence told the Washington Post that the former President and Vice President’s relationship is unlikely to ever fully heal.