Former Vice President Mike Pence and former President Donald Trump had some level of a falling out following Pence’s refusal to intervene in Congress’ certification of the Electoral College votes on Jan. 6.
While the two men claim that there are no hard feelings at this point, according to the Washington Examiner, their first heated clash supposedly took place as far back as 2018, as Michael Bender, a White House reporter for The Wall Street Journal, wrote in his upcoming book, Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost.
Bender’s account of a fight between Pence and Trump, which was revealed in an essay published in the Journal, came about after news broke that Pence had hired former Trump 2016 campaign strategist Corey Lewandowski.
As the story is told, Trump reportedly read the article about Lewandowski and Pence in a newspaper prior to being briefed on the matter, which prompted the former president to ball up the article and throw it directly at the former vice president — an action that didn’t sit well with Pence.
“Mr. Trump was holding a newspaper article about the hiring and said it made him look weak, like his team was abandoning him as he was probed for his campaign’s role in Russian election meddling. He crumpled the article and threw it at his vice president,” Bender writes.
Pence apparently snapped back at the former president, even going as far as picking up the wadded newspaper and chucking it back at Trump before delivering a stern message to the former president’s face.
“He leaned toward the president and pointed a finger a few inches from his chest. ‘We walked you through every detail of this,’ Mr. Pence snarled. ‘We did this for you — as a favor. And this is how you respond? You need to get your facts straight,'” Bender noted.
Trump issued a statement shortly after Bender’s Journal essay was published, categorically denying any such confrontation between himself and the former vice president ever took place.
“The story written by third-rate reporter Michael Bender, that Mike Pence and I had a big fight over Corey Lewandowski, is totally false. No such fight ever happened, it is fiction as are so many others stories written in the vast number of books coming out about me,” Trump’s statement read, according to The Hill.