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The Hill: Pence's Power in White House Increases

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Thursday, 16 Feb 2017 09:38 AM

The influence of Vice President Mike Pence in the White House is growing, White House insiders told The Hill. 

Retired Gen. Michael Flynn’s resignation as security adviser was a result of him apparently misleading Pence about what was said in phone conversations between Flynn and a Russian ambassador.

"His force was shown with Flynn's removal. You cannot lie to the vice president, to Pence, and expect to survive," one insider told The Hill.

While President Donald Trump knew what Flynn had said, Pence was not told, which raised questions about Pence's status in the Trump administration — but insiders told The Hill that Trump and Pence are not at odds, because Pence remained loyal to Trump during his campaign for the presidency.

A devout Christian, the vice president was said to have been horrified when audio emerged of Trump making lewd comments about women. However, he remained "steadfast" in support of Trump, one Trump ally told The Hill.

"He is not looking for recognition, per se. He is not looking to be the narrative, to be the story," which explains why his influence has grown, the Trump ally said.

"Pence has been just quietly going about his job of being vice president, building on his relationships with Capitol Hill, as well as just being a solid foundation at the White House," while other administration officials such as Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, and Jared Kushner get more attention, the White House source told The Hill.

"He’s got relationships built over time. Knowing who someone is over time helps build trust. With that trust comes influence," Indiana Rep. Luke Messer, the GOP Policy Committee chairman said.

"Pence is level-headed — he's the calm in the storm, and he knows how the process works here on Capitol Hill. He can keep giving the president good advice about moving his agenda forward," North Carolina Rep. Richard Hudson told The Hill.

One source said that Pence’s appearance is also key to his success.

"He looks like a vice president. And in Trump's world, that's everything," the source told The Hill.

The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday discussed Pence, saying he is "close to the House GOP leaders who hold sway over Trump's legislative agenda."

 

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