Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday abruptly canceled a planned event in New Hampshire after what was initially described as an emergency, but his office says it is “no cause for alarm.”
Contradicting some media reports, Pence’s press secretary said on Twitter that the vice president “never left Washington, DC.”
“There was no ’emergency callback.’ Something came up that required the VP to stay in DC. We’ll reschedule NH shortly,” said press secretary Alyssa Farah.
It still remains unclear, however, why the event was suddenly canceled.
A senior White House official told CNN that the reason for Pence’s return was “not health related for the VP or President” and not “related to national security.”
But many reporters and others expressed confusion and skepticism at the White House’s statements.
White House right now after Mike Pence had to fly back to Washington after cancelling an event in NH pic.twitter.com/8qKJQwjsBj
— BrianTheBeastLondon❄️ (@MiamiRadioBeast) July 2, 2019
At times like this, it’s important the White House have credibility with reporters and the American public. It’s important people know what is actually true.
The Trump White House lacks that fundamental credibility. https://t.co/FxNFPZtReL
— Max Burns (@themaxburns) July 2, 2019
“There’s no cause for alert” says the White House which is incapable of being truthful.
— Pete “Two Sheds” Woods (@thatpetewoods) July 2, 2019
We are still trying to figure out what is going on and why the Vice President came to the White House when he was supposed to have an event in New Hampshire.
— Edward Lawrence (@EdwardLawrence) July 2, 2019
Still unknown: why was Pence just abruptly summoned back to the White House if, as senior admin officials say, it was not because of a health issue or a national security issue?
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) July 2, 2019
You know what really bothers me, is the White House telling CBS’s Mark Knoller that this crisis has nothing to do with Donald Trump’s health. These are people whose every word isa lie. Why did they even bring that possibility up? Is this about Trump’s health?
— John Aravosis 🇺🇸 (@aravosis) July 2, 2019
The worst part about this “emergency” situation is that because the White House is so unreliable, who knows whether it will tell the truth about whatever it actually is.
— James O’Malley (@Psythor) July 2, 2019
Today would be a good day for a White House briefing.
— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) July 2, 2019
I’m very interested to hear why the Vice President was summoned back to the White House. Officials asserting nothing alarming, but either way, this will be an interesting story. I can’t remember this happening w Biden, Cheney.
— Evan Axelbank Fox13 (@EvanAxelbank) July 2, 2019
Weird but when your White House tells more than 10,000 lies, it’s hard to know what to believe anymore https://t.co/aT43KcZv5D
— Will Bunch (@Will_Bunch) July 2, 2019
Devin Nunes’ hometown paper flooded with letters from disgusted out-of-towners
The Frenso Bee, which hails from the San Joaquin Valley where California GOP Congressman Devin Nunes is from, published a series of letters from people around the country who watched his performance in this week's impeachment hearings. The letters all had one thing in common: a notable "absence of pro-Nunes sentiment," which the Fresno Bee's Marek Warszawski said was not intentional on his part.
"Angry people tend to send letters, not those who are pleased," he writes.
WATCH: Lindsey Graham flees Iraq War vet who politely asks to talk about Trump’s conduct
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Friday was filmed running away from a war veteran who tried to talk with him about President Donald Trump's impeachable conduct.
In a video posted by progressive veterans organization Common Defense, a man who identifies himself as an Iraq War veteran from Louisiana calmly walks up to Graham and tells the senator that he believes that he's being treated unfairly by the media.
"I believe that you honestly believe in our democracy as I do," the man tells him.
"I do," Graham replies.
"I came here to D.C. because I'm a Marine, I went to Iraq, and I believe, as I believe that you do, that President Trump is not acting in accordance to his oath," the veteran continued. "The oath that you took and I did to defend the Constitution."
‘The Senate’s in play’: Reeling GOP faces collapse into minority status as Trump drags party down
According to a report in Rolling Stone, there is a very good chance that the Democrats could take control of the Senate after the 2020 election as the impeachment of Donald Trump casts a cloud over the Republican Party.
The report -- by longtime political observer Tim Dickinson -- states, "the fight to wrest the Senate from Republican control — and oust Mitch McConnell as majority leader — is arguably just as important" as the battle to force Trump from office.