Mike Pence has turned down an invitation from the American Conservative Union to attend this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, Fox News revealed Sunday.
Pence was asked to speak again this year at the massive annual gathering of conservatives, but he snubbed the invitation, a source familiar with CPAC’s planning told Fox.
Donald Trump, however, will be in attendance next weekend as he is scheduled to close out the event on Sunday with his first major public appearance since leaving office. CPAC will kick off in Orlando, Florida on Thursday.
Members of Pence’s team had said the former vice president is still harboring “bitterness” toward Trump after the January 6 riot at the Capitol building – where the then-president insisted Pence could overturn the election results.
Earlier this month, Pence aides revealed to Fox that Pence felt betrayed by Trump when he didn’t call off the mob that descended on the Capitol where Pence was presiding over the joint session to certify the electron for Joe Biden.
Former Pence chief of staff Marc Short told Fox on Friday that Pence and Trump still speak.
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Source: Daily Mail