The animosity between Donald Trump and Mike Pence only seems to intensify in the New Year. Recent reports allege that the President blocked the vice president’s chief of staff Marc Short to enter the premises of the White House on Wednesday.

Short, who was in conversation with reporter Philip Wegmann averred that the reason behind the ban could be attributed to the advice he'd given to Pence, which clearly ticked Trump off. 

Trump has been taking numerous potshots at Pence lately. Much of it landed the president in trouble, and deletion of his volatile tweets. “Mike Pence, I hope you get to stand up for the good of our Constitution and for the good of our country, and if you're not, I'm going to be very disappointed in you,” said Trump in a rally held near the White House on Wednesday, a few hours prior to the deadly rioting at the U.S. Capitol building. The president’s challenge to Pence was uncalled for, as the vice-president does not have the authority to do so.

Soon after, Pence shot back through a statement detailing his stance about how he out rightly disagreed with the president. The statement was released ahead of a joint session of Congress to confirm the electoral votes.

The statement read: “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.”

Barely an hour since the process began; Trump’s supporters turned violent and were instigated to barge into the building. The situation spiraled out of control, leading to four fatalities, excluding that of Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick. The rioting led to a hasty evacuation of Congress and Pence. Not many details have been divulged about the relocation.  

While the incident shook the world over, Pence termed the violent riots “unprecedented” but refused to rebuke the president.

“To those who wreaked havoc in our Capitol today, you did not win. Violence never wins. Freedom wins,” he said.

The horrific event has led to scores of White House officials putting down their papers as an act of revolt against the rioting. Lawmakers have requested the impeachment of Trump after what ensued at the Capitol.

Donald Trump and Melania Trump US President Donald Trump (L) and First Lady Melania Trump (R) pay their respects to US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she lies in repose in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on September 24, 2020. Getty/ Alex Edelman