Barrasso declines to criticize Trump for Pence remarks

Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoWatch: GOP leaders discuss Biden's first year in office McConnell will run for another term as leader despite Trump's attacks Senate Minority Whip Thune, close McConnell ally, to run for reelection MORE (R-Wyo.) declined to criticize former President TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Kemp leading Perdue in Georgia gubernatorial primary: poll US ranked 27th least corrupt country in the world MORE’s remarks appearing to defend Jan. 6 rioters who called to hang former Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceBest path to Jan. 6 accountability: A civil suit against Trump Biden trails generic Republican in new poll, would face tight race against Trump Jan. 6 panel's subpoena furthers complications for Rudy Giuliani, DOJ MORE

On ABC’s “This Week,” host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosAlec Baldwin turns over cell phone in 'Rust' probe How a nice-guy South Dakota senator fell into a Trump storm GOP senator says he would 'take a hard look' at another Trump run MORE asked Barrasso about the former president's comments, made during an interview with ABC News journalist Jonathan Karl for his book “Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show.” 

Trump reportedly said, “No, I thought he was well-protected,” when asked if he was concerned about Pence's safety on that day, adding “I had heard he was in very good shape,” according to The Washington Post

Trump also said the chants of "Hang Mike Pence" were "common sense," as the vice president was not attempting to halt the certification of the 2020 presidential election. 

When asked about Trump’s comments, Barrasso said Sunday that the Republican Party is more united than ever in opposition to the Biden administration. 

“And I think the more that the Democrats and the press becomes obsessed with President Trump, I think the better it is for the Republican Party. President Trump brings lots of energy to the party. He's an enduring force,” Barrasso told Stephanopoulos. 

Barrasso also said that Pence was safe during the Capitol riot, adding that in the Senate chamber, he “didn't hear any of those chants.”

“But you're not going to criticize President Trump for those views?” Stephanopoulos asked Barrasso. 

“I don't agree with President Trump on everything. I agree with him on the policies that have brought us the best economy in our — my lifetime. And I'm going to continue to support those policies and continuing to work to stop what Joe BidenJoe BidenNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Clyburn predicts Supreme Court contender J. Michelle Childs would get GOP votes Overnight Defense & National Security — US delivers written response to Russia MORE is doing to this country, which I believe is almost irreversibly bad,” Barrasso said