Former President Donald Trump and his vice president, Mike Pence, left office on not-so-solid terms, according to many reports. But it seems that rocky patch in their relationship has since smoothed itself out.
According to the Washington Examiner, one GOP congressman said Pence had nothing but kind words for the former commander-in-chief during a Tuesday meeting with House Republicans.
“He spoke very favorably about his relationship with President Trump,” Rep. Jim Banks, a Republican from Indiana, said, according to the Examiner.
“I got the sense they speak often and maintain the same personal friendship and relationship now that they have for four years,” Banks added.
The development likely comes as welcome news to fans of the pair, who clashed in their final weeks in the White House, largely over the results of the 2020 election.
As vice president, Pence presided over the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress to certify the electoral votes and officially name Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 White House race. Trump, who has long argued that the 2020 election was stolen by the Democrats, had long pressured Pence to reject electors from a number of hotly contested swing states.
Trump argued that Pence had the authority to do so, but Pence disagreed, earning him some harsh public criticism from the then-president.
“If Mike Pence does the right thing we win the election,” Trump told supporters at a rally before a riot broke out at the U.S. Capitol later Jan. 6, according to the Associated Press. “All Vice President Pence has to do is send it back to the states to recertify and we become president and you are the happiest people.”
With Pence hesitating to bow to Trump’s pleas, it seemed the pair’s relationship had broken off, especially after it was recently revealed that Pence declined an invitation to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where Trump is scheduled to give his first major speech since leaving office this Sunday.
On the contrary
But according to Banks, things actually appear to be on the up-and-up between the two. The congressman said this week that not only are Trump and Pence still on good terms, but Pence has plans to promote their famed America First agenda as Republicans look to the 2022 midterms.
“[Pence will] be launching an organization defending the successful Trump–Pence record of the last four years,” Banks said, according to the Washington Examiner.
Banks also said Pence had expressed to him that he has high hopes for the GOP going forward. According to the Examiner, Banks recalled:
[Pence] talked about how in 2009, the new Democrat president, Democrat House, Democrat Senate — how similar that moment was to this moment. A massive spending deal Democrats pushed in 2009 that overreached, every single [House] Republican voted against in 2009. That sure looks like the $1.9 trillion bill that’s on the floor this week.
The more Democrats overreach, the more likely we are going to have a 2010 type midterm to win back the majority. He sort of senses the similarity in that moment to this moment.