Vice President Mike Pence is reportedly planning to leave the country for a short time after confirming Joe Biden as president-elect when Congress meets in three weeks to cast their final votes on the results.
Three aides close to the White House told Politico that Mr. Pence would be leaving the United States for around a week after the vote in Congress, in what appears to be an attempt to avoid the criticism that will follow.
“I suspect the timing is anything but coincidental,” one source said of the vice-president’s plans.
Pence will be facing criticism from all sides, as Republicans will be mad at him for confirming Biden and everyone else will be mad at him due to his position as Trump’s vice president.
According to a US government document seen by Politico, Pence will travel to Bahrain, Israel, and Poland, with the possibility of more steps being added along the way.
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— The Hill (@thehill) December 17, 2020
The Electoral College has finally cast their ballots for the 2020 election, confirming Joe Biden as the winner and next president of the United States.
This process is mostly ceremonial, as members of the college are merely confirming the votes that were cast in their jurisdictions, but there have been rare occasions in the past where the college has broken from its constituents in certain areas to overturn the popular election results.
Trump and his followers were hanging on to the hope that the electoral college would help him in his challenge, but it now appears that won’t be happening.
Biden has now far surpassed the 270 electoral votes needed to win the election, and will end up with a total of 306 electoral votes, while Trump will end up with a total of 232.
The former vice president won the popular vote by an even more substantial margin of more than 7 million votes.
Technically, there is still one more step to go before the results are finalized. On January 6th, Congress is scheduled to inspect and approve the Electoral College votes.
This is also usually nothing more than a ceremonial event, but this year with the election so contentious, there is a small chance that some objections can be raised by a member of the House or Senate.
Although, no Republican has yet gone on record to say that they will challenge the electoral results.
Still despite all this, Trump continues to contest the results, and has tweeted saying that he lost in multiple states only because of fraudulent votes.