Trump offers perplexing claims about Mike Pence's mysterious change of plans: ‘A very interesting problem’

Trump offers perplexing claims about Mike Pence's mysterious change of plans: ‘A very interesting problem’
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Earlier this week, Vice President Mike Pence abruptly canceled a trip to New Hampshire — where he was scheduled to meet with former patients and alumni at the Granite Recovery Center in Manchester and discuss the United States’ opioid crisis. Why Pence canceled the trip remains a mystery, and according to President Donald Trump, it will continue to be a mystery for the next one or two weeks.


On Friday, a reporter asked Trump why Pence unexpectedly canceled the trip, and the president responded, “You’ll know in about two weeks.”

Trump remained vague, adding, “There was a very interesting problem that they had in New Hampshire, and I can’t tell you about it. But it had nothing to do with the White House. There was a problem up there, and I won’t go into what the problem was. But you’ll see in about a week or two.”

On Tuesday morning, Pence boarded Air Force Two and was ready to visit New Hampshire but was mysteriously called back to the White House. After the cancelation, Trump’s chief of staff, Marc Short, didn’t give reporters a lot of specifics. But Short, on Tuesday, did say that “something” forced Pence to stay in Washington, D.C. and that it was “no cause for alarm.”

The words “no cause for alarm” were also used by Alyssa Farah, a Pence spokesperson, on Tuesday. Randy Gentry, a Pence representative, had said that the vice president and former Indiana governor needed to return to Washington, D.C. because of an “emergency callback,” but Farah tweeted, “Something came up that required the @VP to remain in Washington, D.C. It’s no cause for alarm. He looks forward to rescheduling the trip to New Hampshire very soon.”

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