Trump ditches one-on-one meetings with vice president: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis MORE has largely abandoned the tradition of one-on-one lunches with the vice president, according to The Atlantic.

Instead, Trump reportedly invites aides to lunch meetings with Vice President Pence.

During those meetings, a big-screen television is tuned to cable news, according to the news outlet, which added that Trump frequently yells at the TV and will break from the lunch to discuss a response with aides if he sees something on screen that angers him.

A Pence spokesperson disputed the report, saying that if anyone joins the vice president and Trump it's usually acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyTrump's new labor chief alarms Democrats, unions The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - Trump attack on progressive Dems draws sharp rebuke Acosta out as Trump Labor secretary MORE and Marc Short, who is Pence's chief of staff.


Trump often brings up Pence’s endorsement of Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz calls for 'every penny' of El Chapo's criminal enterprise to be used for Trump's wall after sentencing Conservatives defend Chris Pratt for wearing 'Don't Tread On Me' T-shirt Google official denies allegations of ties to China MORE (R-Texas) in the 2016 Indiana primary, The Atlantic, citing unidentified sources, added, noting that the president has told Pence he is in Trump’s debt for sparing him a reelection fight for Indiana’s governorship.

“I had the most valuable endorsement: [former Indiana University basketball coach] Bobby Knight,” Trump said at a 2017 White House dinner, a person in the room told the news outlet. “I won the primary. And now look where you are, Mike.”

The one-on-one meeting format has historically been viewed as a way to strengthen the relationship between the president and vice president and prevent leaks, according to The Atlantic.

As early as June 2017, aides have claimed Trump yelled at TV sets displaying coverage of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE’s investigation.

Updated at 4:11 p.m.