Marc Short, the chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence claims he was denied entry into the White House on Wednesday night. The denial came after Vice President Pence announced he would fulfill his constitutional duty and confirm the Electoral College’s certification of President-elect Joe Biden. President Trump had repeatedly urged Pence to be “brave” and object to the certification.
CONFIRMED: Short tells me he is not allowed back on White House grounds: "He's blaming me for advice to VP." https://t.co/EnfYIidVMF
— Philip Melanchthon Wegmann (@PhilipWegmann) January 7, 2021
The Daily Caller reports:
Short reportedly told Wegmann that he is not allowed back on White House grounds because “He’s (Trump’s) blaming me for advice to VP.”
President Donald Trump has claimed several times that Pence can “reject” states’ chosen electors while he presides over the Senate for the certification process, but Pence said he would not object.
Pence announced Wednesday in a letter to Congress that he would not attempt to overturn the results of the presidential election.
“It is my considered judgment that my oath to support and defend the Constitution constrains me from claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not,” Pence wrote. “I want to assure the American people that I will keep the oath I made to them and I will keep the oath I made to Almighty God.”
Once the Joint Session reconvened Joe Biden was confirmed by both Houses.