Pence urges GOP to move past Trump, teases face-off against former boss
Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump shake hands as they arrive for a news conference with their wives at the White House, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Photo by: Susan WalshPresident Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden walk together as they greet each other with open arms near the West Wing of the White House on Sunday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
The vice president used the final two months of this year to pivot away from his boss and toward his former boss, who has turned a corner in his second year in office.
In the process, Vice President Mike Pence left his mark on the president.
“He’s kind of like the kid who came to school with the note pinned to his chest that said I’m sorry,” said Pence spokesman Marc Lotter.
Pence, 68, has spent the week of the Oct. 18 midterm elections doing campaign work for Republican candidates in districts that Trump won handily in 2016. But he has also made what the White House calls “routine” visits to all 50 states while the vice president’s schedule gives him a couple of days in Washington each week for meetings with Trump and senior advisers.
“Vice President Mike Pence is making himself available to the President in every way possible,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said after Pence joined Trump on Monday for an interview with The New York Times. “He is visiting with friends, neighbors and fellow residents at every turn.”
He also made two trips to Israel, making his way to Jerusalem last week for the inauguration of U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and also to visit the Israeli president and premier, Reuven Rivlin. He spoke to Netanyahu and attended the ceremony with Rivlin.
These trips, which started while Trump was in the hospital in a coma after a June 29 procedure to remove a blood clot from his brain, are part of Pence’s tour of foreign leaders from the Middle East and Europe. He has made trips to Brussels, the White House and the Vatican. Last week, he met with European Commission Chair Jean-Claude Juncker, European lawmakers and other officials, and the day before his Jerusalem trips