Pence will literally flee town immediately after certifying election results for Biden: report
In the coming weeks, Vice President Mike Pence will be faced with the one task no Republican lawmaker wants at this point: confirming President-elect Joe Biden's election victory.
With Pence overseeing the Congressional session to formalize the Electoral College vote in Biden's favor, it is likely that the vice president and other Republican lawmakers will face opposition from an overwhelming number of Republican voters who still say, incorrecltly, that President Donald Trump won the election.
Most Republican lawmakers and officials who have publicly acknowledged Biden's win have been met with Trump's wrath. According to Politico, U.S. officials aware of Pence's travel plans have revealed the vice president is tentatively expected to leave for the Middle East and Europe almost immediately after the confirmation hearing.
The overseas trip would have Pence out of the country for nearly a week beginning on Jan. 6. During his time abroad, the vice president is expected to travel to "Bahrain, Israel, and Poland" with the possibility of more locations being added to his itinerary.
On the surface, the trip is part of a push to underscore the Trump administration's role in brokering a series of diplomatic agreements to normalize relations between Israel and a handful of Arab countries, including Bahrain. But for Pence, visiting these countries is also a way to bolster already-strong credentials with the Christian right, which strongly supports Israel. And it allows Pence — once again — to put distance between himself and Trump's complaints about the election outcome that are likely to intensify after Congress affirms Biden's win.
Despite the Electoral College cementing Biden''s win, Trump is still pushing baseless claims of voter fraud and has even mulled refusing to leave the White House when the time comes, according to MSNBC.
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