Vice-President Mike Pence told Donald Trump he does not have the capacity to challenge the electoral win of Vice-President-elect Joe Biden despite the U.S. President’s assertion, according to a media report, that he did not say anything like that.
On January 5, The New York Times reported that Mr. Pence sent the letter to Mr. Trump at his weekly lunch with the President.
Mr. Pence is expected to chair the U.S. On January 6, the Senate collects the reports of the state-by-state Electoral College, which decides the winner of the national election.
In the Electoral College and in the popular vote, Mr. Biden, a Democrat, defeated Mr. Trump 306-232 by more than 7 million votes. The election was not acknowledged by Mr. Trump, a Republican, reiterating unverified allegations that the presidential polling on November 3 was manipulated.
In U.S. courts, hundreds of cases by his campaign questioning election results have collapsed.
Statements By Mr. Trump:
“Vice-President Mike Pence told President Trump on Tuesday that he did not believe he had the power to block congressional certification of Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory in the presidential election despite Mr. Trump’s baseless insistence that he did,” the daily reported, citing unnamed people briefed on the conversation.
Mr. Trump said in a statement issued during his campaign that “The New York Times report regarding comments Vice-President Pence supposedly made to me today is fake news. He never said that. The Vice-President and I are in total agreement that the Vice-President has the power to act”.
In the disputed states, the election of November 3 was corrupt and, in particular, it was not in line with the Constitution that large-scale amendments were made to electoral rules and regulations as determined by local politicians and judges, not by state legislatures. This indicates that Mr. Trump said it was unconstitutional.
“Our Vice-President has several options under the U.S. Constitution. He can decertify the results or send them back to the states for change and certification. He can also decertify the illegal and corrupt results and send them to the House of Representatives for the one vote for one state tabulation,” Mr. Trump said.
“The Vice-President has the power to reject fraudulently chosen electors,” Mr. Trump said in a tweet on January 5.
“Vice-President Pence shares the concerns of millions of Americans about voter fraud and irregularities in the last election,” Mr. Pence chief of staff Marc Short said in a statement.
“The Vice-President welcomes the efforts of members of the House and Senate to use the authority they have under the law to raise objections and bring forward evidence before the Congress and the American people on January 6th,” Mr. Short said.