Pence Set To Oversee Joint Session of Congress and Then Leave US

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 19: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on November 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. The White House held its first Coronavirus Task Force briefing in months as cases of COVID-19 are surging across the country ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Vice President Mike Pence will preside over the session of Congress that is expected to formalize Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory on Jan. 6, Politico reports.

And then he is likely to leave the country.

Overseeing the final confirmation of Biden’s win will likely expose him to the wrath of Republican voters who back President Donald Trump’s claims that the election was rigged.

But he can escape their anger by going ahead with a planned trip overseas, the website noted. The trip, which remains tentative, would take Pence to Bahrain, Israel, and Poland. The trip would start Jan. 6 and last for about a week.

It is part of an effort to underscore the Trump administration’s role in brokering diplomatic agreements to normalize relations between Israel and some Arab countries, including Bahrain, according to Politico.

But the website pointed out it is also a way for Pence to strengthen his strong credentials with the Christian right, while allowing him to stay out of the spotlight over the anticipated election confirmation.

A senior administration official told Politico the trip has not been confirmed and was proposed for early January because it was the first available date following the holidays and other obligations that Pence has committed to.

Meanwhile, Pence will publicly get the coronavirus vaccine on Friday — becoming the most high-profile recipient to date of a vaccine that was rolled out in the U.S. this week.

Author : Jeffrey Rodack

Source : News Max : Pence Set to Oversee Joint Session of Congress – and Then Leave US