Trump Denies Pence Warned Him He Can’t Cancel Election Results

Vice President Mike Pence listens to President Donald Trump speak in the Cabinet Room at the White House on December 9, 2019. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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January 6, 2021 9:21 a.m.

President Donald Trump late Tuesday night denied reports that Vice President Mike Pence, who will oversee Congress’ official tallying of the Electoral College’s votes in a joint session on Wednesday, told him that he wouldn’t be able to prevent Congress from certifying the 2020 election results.

“The New York Times report regarding comments Vice President Pence supposedly made to me today is fake news. He never said that,” Trump said in a statement issued by his reelection campaign, which erroneously dated the memo to January 5, 2020.

The President claimed that he and Pence “are in total agreement that the Vice President has the power to act.”

On the contrary, the vice president does not have the power to flatly overturn the election, something Pence explained to the President on Tuesday afternoon, according to the New York Times. CNN later confirmed the conversation.

As clearly indicated in the President’s denial, Pence’s reported warning didn’t stick: Trump has already fired off several tweets (chock full of his usual falsehoods about voter fraud) on Wednesday morning hammering on the vice president.

“If Vice President @Mike_Pence comes through for us, we will win the Presidency,” Trump tweeted.

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