Pence Set to Oversee Confirmation of Biden Win – and Then Leave US Vice President Mike Pence (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
By Jeffrey Rodack | Thursday, 17 December 2020 10:59 AM
Vice President Mike Pence will preside over the session of Congress that is expected to formalize Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory on Jan. 6, Politico notes.
And then he is likely to leave the country.
Overseeing the final confirmation of Biden’s win will likely expose him to the wrath of Republican voters who back President Donald Trump’s claims that the election was rigged.
But he can escape their anger by going ahead with a planned trip overseas, the website noted. The trip, which remains tentative, would take Pence to Bahrain, Israel, and Poland. The trip would start Jan. 6 and last for about a week.
It is part of an effort to underscore the Trump administration’s role in brokering diplomatic agreements to normalize relations between Israel and some Arab countries, including Bahrain, according to Politico.
But the website pointed out it is also a way for Pence to strengthen his strong credentials with the Christian right, while allowing him to stay out of the spotlight over the anticipated election confirmation.
A senior administration official told Politico the trip has not been confirmed and was proposed for early January because it was the first available date following the holidays and other obligations that Pence has committed to.
Meanwhile, Pence will publicly get the coronavirus vaccine on Friday — becoming the most high-profile recipient to date of a vaccine that was rolled out in the U.S. this week.