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Harris, Emhoff bid Pences farewell from Capitol steps

Harris, Emhoff bid Pences farewell from Capitol steps
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Vice President Harris spoke briefly with her predecessor former Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceIf you care about the US, root for China to score a win in space Pence heckled with calls of 'traitor' at conservative conference The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay MORE on the steps of the Capitol as he and his wife left President Biden’s inauguration ceremony Wednesday. 

In what appeared to be a congenial sendoff, Harris and her husband, Doug EmhoffDoug EmhoffThe Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to go-it-alone on infrastructure as bipartisan plan falters Harris highlights COVID-19 vaccination safety, efficacy in SC event to kick off tour MORE, were seen in video footage posted on Twitter exchanging words with Pence and former second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PencePence buys .9M home in Indiana There is no pandemic recovery plan without the arts and culture Karen Pence confirms move back to Indiana: 'No place like home' MORE outside the Capitol.

The couples appeared to share a laugh, though it was not clear what was said between them. 

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Harris and Emhoff then remained on the steps and waved goodbye to the former vice president and his wife as they entered their vehicle to leave. 

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The exchange marked a moment of civility following Biden’s inaugural address in which he called for Americans to unite across the political spectrum. 

“To overcome these challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America requires so much more than words. It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: unity,” Biden said after he took the oath of office as the 46th president of the United States. 

While Pence was present at the inauguration ceremony, former President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE was not in attendance, having left for Mar-a-Lago earlier Wednesday morning. Trump arrived in West Palm Beach, Fla., moments before Biden took the oath of office. 

Following the 2020 election, Trump refused to concede the election to Biden, though he acknowledged he would no longer be president after a violent riot roiled the Capitol on Jan. 6. The mob of Trump supporters sought to halt Congress’s certification of Biden’s Electoral College win. 

Trump has been impeached by the House and faces a trial in the Senate. He is charged with "incitement of insurrection" at the Capitol. 

Pence spoke to Harris by phone last week to offer assistance ahead of the inauguration, and he also reportedly left a handwritten note for Harris at the White House, according to a source familiar with the decision.

The move by Pence marks a contrast to Trump, who broke tradition by never calling Biden or meeting with him following his election victory.

Former first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJill Biden, Kate Middleton visit school together in first meeting Jill Biden wears 'LOVE' jacket 'to bring unity' to meeting with Boris Johnson White House gets back to pre-COVID-19 normality MORE also did not host incoming first lady Jill Biden for a traditional “tea and tour” at the White House to mark the transition of power.