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
Trump’s a traitor — and the Russian bounty scandal is the final straw
The first story of the rest of Donald Trump's life was published last Friday in the New York Times, revealing that the Russian intelligence agency known as the GRU has been paying bonuses to Taliban fighters to kill Americans, and that this intelligence had been reported to Trump and had been known at least since March. The story was subsequently confirmed by the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the AP.
This article first appeared in Salon.
GOP scrambling to pay for Jacksonville convention after Trump yanked it from North Carolina: report
According to a report from the New York Times, Republican officials are having difficulties getting donors to pay for the Republican National Convention to be held in Jacksonville, Florida after Donald Trump yanked the gathering out of Charlotte, North Carolina in a fit of pique over COVID-19 health restrictions.
At issue, the report notes, is that millions of dollars were spent in North Carolina where a smaller event will now be held, and now the party is, in essence, forced to pay for a second convention.
As much of US marks a muted Independence Day, Trump encourages big parties
While public health officials are urging Americans to avoid large crowds and hold more muted July 4 celebrations amid a spike of coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump is going big for what he is promising will be a “special evening” in the nation's capital.
Trump is set hold his “Salute for America” celebration Saturday with a speech from the White House South Lawn that he says will celebrate American heritage, a military flyover over Washington, and an enormous fireworks display that is expected to draw thousands to the National Mall.