Mike Pence Privately Praised White House Official Who 'Unloaded' On Trump On Charlottesville: Book
Former Vice President Mike Pence privately praised a White House official after "discharging" Donald Trump for the former president's controversial remarks on the deadly "unity of the right" in Charlottesville, Virginia, according to a new book.
The director of the National Economic Council, Gary Cohn, was "concerned" by Trump's statements and "discharged" him, according to an excerpt in Politico from "To be honest, we won this election": The inside story of how Donald Trump lost “Written by Wall Street Journal reporter Michael C. Bender.
Trump insisted there were "very fine people on both sides" after an avowed white nationalist deliberately drove his vehicle into a crowd of counter-demonstrators at the 2017 rally, injuring 19 people and murdering 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
Speaking at a meeting in the Oval Office, "Cohn Trump said that his lack of clarity was damaging the country and that he was putting incredible pressure on the people in the White House," Bender wrote. “He told Trump that he might have to quit. Nobody supported Cohn. Others in the room, including Pence, stayed calm. "
But after Cohn returned to his office after the meeting, Pence “appeared on the threshold of Cohn's door. 'I'm proud of you,' said Pence, safely out of earshot of the President. Cohn left the administration the following year.
Pence was denounced as a "traitor" at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's annual conference on Friday for failing to overturn the presidential election.
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