Trump has not contacted Pence since storming of Capitol: report

President TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE has not spoken to Vice President Pence since last week's violent riot at the Capitol, according to NBC senior Washington correspondent Hallie Jackson.

On NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddOvernight Health Care: US to donate 500 million Pfizer doses to other countries: reports | GOP's attacks on Fauci at center of pandemic message | Federal appeals court blocks Missouri abortion ban Fauci on Blackburn video: 'No idea what she is talking about' Fauci: Attacks on me are really also 'attacks on science' MORE asked Jackson where the relationship between Trump and Pence stood.

“In a nutshell, Chuck, it's not good,” said Jackson. 


“I have learned from a source familiar with this that not only did President Trump not reach out to Vice President Pence as the events of Wednesday unfolded — and, remember, the vice president was in a secure location with, by the way, members of his family; his wife, his daughter, his brother had all come to be in attendance — but I'm told that the president has not called Vice President Pence since then.”

When pro-Trump supporters broke into the Capitol on Wednesday, Pence was swiftly moved to a secure location. According to reports, the vice president did not leave the Capitol at any time during the riots.


Footage of the Capitol breach released afterward showed rioters chanting, “Hang Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard Pence21 Republicans vote against awarding medals to police who defended Capitol on Jan. 6 Virginia couple pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges linked to Capitol riot Juan Williams: GOP preparing the ground to steal an election MORE,” apparently stemming from his decision to not intervene in changing the results of the presidential election. 

Though Trump publicly pressured Pence to try to overturn the election, the vice president's ability to do so was widely disputed. Congress ultimately certified President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenMellman: Trump voters cling to 2020 tale FDA authorizes another batch of J&J vaccine Cotton warns of China collecting athletes' DNA at 2022 Olympics MORE’s victory early Thursday morning, hours after authorities cleared rioters out of Capitol.

“It wasn't just the public pressure,” added Jackson on Sunday. “I'm told that as far back as Dec. 15 — mid-December, so weeks ago — there were behind-the-scenes maneuvering to try to essentially get the vice president to do what the president wanted.”

Since the riot, multiple lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called on Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office. Democratic lawmakers have also reportedly already begun impeachment proceedings against Trump. The president was impeached by the House in 2019, though he was later acquitted by the Senate.

Jackson said on NBC that she's been told that Pence does not think invoking the 25th Amendment is "practical."

"That's what we've been hearing and reporting from people close to him, allies, etc. But there is real concern and anger here about how this moves forward," she added.