(CNN)Vice President Mike Pence became as soon as requested Tuesday evening about a story from a brand unusual e book that he had been alerted to be ready to have interaction the powers of the presidency if Donald Trump needed to be anesthetized in an unscheduled lumber back and forth to Walter Reed hospital final November. Here is what he mentioned:
Pence: “I produce no longer buy being told to be on standby. I became as soon as told that the President had a doctor’s appointment, and –”
Bret Baier: “I produce no longer are looking to speculate on it, I fair are looking to sure that up.”
Pence: “I’ve purchased to exclaim you, piece of this job is you are repeatedly on standby whenever you happen to would possibly perhaps perhaps presumably well moreover be vice chairman of the US. But the American people will also be assured that this President is in unheard of factual health, and on daily foundation I look that vitality and excessive reduction.”
Love, come on man. I basically acquire a pretty excessive bar for incredulity — I’ve been holding politics for the upper piece of two a long time — however to remark that Pence’s assertion lines credulity is the understatement of the year.
To snarl Pence, or no longer it is main to snarl that he merely can’t be conscious whether or no longer he has been told to be on alert to have interaction the responsibilities of the presidency if Trump desired to transfer under for any form of map.
This is now not any longer admire being requested to be conscious what you ate for dinner final Tuesday. Or whether or no longer you left your pockets in your car. Does Pence basically snarl that ANYONE thinks that he would no longer be conscious the time when he became as soon as alerted to the likelihood that he would possibly perhaps perhaps presumably well desire to have interaction the responsibilities of the President of the US? Love, is that something you merely fail to bear in mind?
OF COURSE it’s no longer. And Pence’s answer that as vice chairman you repeatedly would possibly perhaps perhaps presumably well moreover silent be on standby is admire an understudy in a Broadway narrate announcing, “Successfully, you repeatedly would possibly perhaps perhaps presumably well moreover silent be on standby” when requested if he had ever played the lead characteristic on stage. Give me a ruin! That understudy no longer ideal remembers every 2nd of that lead performance however moreover understands the unconventional distinction between that evening and the total other valuable when the lead actor did the performance whereas he waited in the wings.
Pence’s “I produce no longer buy” response on Trump’s hospital discuss over with is not any longer ideal ridiculous however moreover provides to the thriller surrounding the right lumber back and forth. Had he merely mentioned “Yes, I produce be conscious that. The transfer became as soon as taken out of an abundance of caution and by no blueprint amounted to the rest” it’d be a total heck of rather a lot much less suspicious than what he did remark.
Do now not fail to bear in mind that, on the time, the White Home insisted that Trump became as soon as merely getting a head originate on his annual physical. That is from CNN’s initial reporting of the debate over with
“[White House press secretary Stephanie] Grisham on Saturday mentioned Trump decided to safe parts of his physical performed early because he had a ‘free weekend’ in Washington, however did no longer spoke back to questions about why Trump did no longer safe his pudgy physical exam — which customarily takes four hours — performed this weekend.”
Grisham added that Trump underwent a “snappy exam and labs.” She did now not tell why the Walter Reed scientific workers had no longer been told upfront of the debate over with
— as is long-established protocol for a VIP discuss over with admire one by the President.
Which, as I wrote on the time
, regarded a little bit fishy.
Then, on Tuesday, reporting from Novel York Times reporter Michael Schmidt’s unusual e book — “Donald Trump v. the US
” — that mentioned Pence had been alerted to the conceivable desire to have interaction the responsibilities of the presidency
on that November day. Which looks a little bit irregular, for the explanation that risk of Trump being anesthetized doesn’t basically jibe with the White Home’s insistence that he became as soon as fair getting a jump originate on his physical and undergoing a “snappy exam and labs.” None of that can seem to necessitate being unconscious.
Trump, in an strive, I snarl, to knock down the questions being raised about the debate over with, basically created extra with a string of tweets on Tuesday.
“Mike Pence became as soon as by no blueprint positioned on standby, & there were no mini-strokes,” Trump wrote in one
. (Worth noting: The remark assertion
that Trump had “mini-strokes” has no longer been verified or independently reported by official details shops.) “That is solely extra Spurious News by @CNN, a phony story. The motive of the debate over with to Walter Reed, along with the pudgy press pool, became as soon as to total my yearly physical. Speedy discuss over with, then returned (with press) to W.H…”
OK … however the part is that the White Home mentioned on the time that Trump went to Walter Reed to originate his annual physical, no longer to make it up as Trump claimed in the tweet Tuesday evening. Nitpicking? Per chance, however no longer whenever you acquire in mind the broader inconsistencies in the story the White Home has been telling about the Walter Reed discuss over with — and Pence’s previous-perception response that he doesn’t be conscious whether or no longer he had been told to be ready to have interaction the responsibilities of the presidency.
With every passing day, the White Home continues to admire extra cause to snarl that we fair don’t seem to be getting the total story right here. And that extra questions desire to be requested.