Mike Pence turns down invite to speak at CPAC after Trump accepts


Former President Donald Trump will making his first public appearance since losing the 2020 election at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, later this month. But one notable name missing from the speaking lineup is his former vice president, Mike Pence, Newsweek reports.

According to POLITICO’s Gabby Orr, Pence declined a speaking slot at the conference when invited. Trump reportedly will be speaking on the conference’s last day. The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman later reported that an adviser to Pence told her that he said “he’s doing what used to be tradition and giving the new White House some breathing room before talking.”

In the final days of Trump’s presidency, reports say his relationship with Pence deteriorated after Trump publicly chided him for not blocking the affirmation on Joe Biden’s victory on Jan. 6 — the day of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol carried out by Trump supporters.

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