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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure 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 MulvaneyGOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending GOP senator warns Trump, Mulvaney against 'draconian' budget cuts Overnight Defense: Iran tensions swirl as officials prepare to brief Congress | Trump threatens war would be 'end of Iran' | Graham tells Trump to 'stand firm' | Budget talks begin 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 slams Jim Carrey's 'vicious, angry' painting of Alabama governor after abortion ban Eye-popping number of Dems: I can beat Trump 'SleepyCreepy Joe' and 'Crazy Bernie': Trump seeks to define 2020 Dems with insults 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 MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s investigation.

Updated at 4:11 p.m.