Written by Andrea Shalal
WASHINGTON – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday vowed to support U.S. history and ensure a secure transfer of power to President-elect Joe Biden, eight days after supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump besieged the U.S. Capitol.
Pence said this before a security meeting at the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and during a meeting with National Guard units guarding the U.S. Capitol, where Pence was among the top U.S. officials forced to hide during last week’s attack.
“We all lived through that day – January 6. And as the president made clear yesterday, we are committed to a smooth transition and a safe inauguration. The American people deserve nothing less,” Pence said during his first public event since the attack. which is why five people died.
He said Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will be laid to rest on January 20 “in a way that is in line with our history and tradition and in a way that pays homage to the American people and the United States.”
Trump, who has no plans to attend the inauguration, became the first president in U.S. history to be recalled twice on Wednesday, while 10 of his fellow Republicans joined Democrats in the House of Representatives to accuse him of inciting rebellion in last week’s attack.
Pence also met with dozens of guardsmen outside the brightly lit Capitol, thanking them for providing security “at such an important time in the life of our nation.”
His carefully edited performances on Thursday marked a contrast to Trump, who has not visited the Capitol since the attack. In a video released late Wednesday, Trump dismissed the violence.
Pence has long been one of Trump’s most loyal allies, but he drew anger over his refusal to block congressional confirmation of Biden’s election victory. During the attack, some Trump supporters discussed the assassination of Pence for treason.
Trump and Pence tried to heal their rift during a meeting at the Oval Office on Monday, but aides say they were deeply disappointed with the way Trump treated Pence.