- Pence said Trump seemed “genuinely remorseful” about Jan. 6, 2021, in the days following the riot.
- “I felt he had deep remorse about what happened,” Pence said of Trump on Fox News.
- The two men clashed in the days leading up to January 6 over certification of the 2020 election.
Former Vice President Mike Pence said that following the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, then-President Donald Trump was “really remorseful” about the events of that day- there, the Commander-in-Chief inquiring about the welfare of his family.
During an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Pence told host Shannon Bream about his feelings before Jan. 6, as well as his thinking that day and the days after the riot.
“I felt he had deep remorse about what happened,” Pence said of Trump. “He immediately asked me about Karen and Charlotte, who were with me all day and night on January 6 and 7. He asked how they were doing and I replied sternly, ‘They are fine. , Mr. President, they wouldn’t leave.’ And then he said to me, ‘Were you scared?’ And I said, ‘No, I was angry.'”
“I was angry at our differences and furious at what I saw that day – people ransacking the Capitol and assaulting police officers. At the time, he seemed genuinely remorseful,” added the former vice-president.
Trump and Pence were at odds before Jan. 6, with the then-president pushing his No. 2 to help overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential win, while the then-vice president sought to join to the Constitution – creating a major conflict between the two men.
“The President and I faced off in the days leading up to January 6. I will always believe that I did my duty that day, by the grace of God, under the Constitution, and that I supported the peaceful transfer of power,” Pence told Bream.
Since leaving the Naval Observatory, Pence has criticized Trump, while praising their administration’s conservative agenda.
The former vice president has also entered the 2024 presidential contest, while Trump has already entered the race for the White House.