Former Vice President Mike Pence privately praised a White House official after “unloading” on Donald Trump the former president’s controversial remarks about the murderer “Unite the Right” in Charlottesville, in Virginia, according to a new book.
National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn was “alarmed” by Trump’s remarks and “dumped” on him, according to a Politico excerpt from “Frankly We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Donald Trump Lost” , written by Wall Street Journal reporter Michael C. Bender.
Trump insisted there were “very good people on both sides” after a declared white nationalist deliberately drove his vehicle through a crowd of counter-protesters, at the 2017 rally, injuring 19 people and murdering Heather Heyer, 32.
During a meeting in the Oval Office, “Cohn told Trump that his lack of clarity had been detrimental to the country and that he had put incredible pressure on people working in the White House,” Bender wrote. “He told Trump that maybe he should resign. No one supported Cohn. The others in the room, including Pence, were silent.
But after Cohn returned to his office after the meeting, Pence “appeared at Cohn’s doorstep. “I’m proud of you,” Pence told him, out of earshot of the president. Cohn left the administration the following year.
Pence was called a “traitor” at the annual Faith and Freedom Coalition on Friday for his failure to overthrow the presidential election.
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