With President Donald Trump’s retirement approaching about a week in the future, pro-Trump officials who have been with him throughout his term are at a crossroads of choice.
Trump’s people at the crossroads of choice
“Trump lost, but not Trumpism” is the opinion of foreign media about the US presidential election. President Trump only failed to re-election and won 74 million (47%) votes and won the most votes among the previous Republican presidential candidates, so President Trump has a great influence on their political moves.
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Vice President Mike Pence, who is at the center of all controversy as the incumbent vice president and ex officio Senate Chairman, took the hand of President Trump over the invocation of Article 25 of the Amendment.
On the 12th (local time), the US House of Representatives passed a resolution calling for the invocation of the 25th Amendment to the deprivation of President Trump’s office, but Vice President Mike Pence expressed his opposition. He sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying, “I don’t think (the invocation of Article 25 of the Amendment) is best for the national interest or conforms to the Constitution.” “We will not give in to the House’s efforts to play a political game in a situation where the nation’s luck is serious.”Said. He, who was very fond of invoking Article 25 of the Amendment, chose to defend Trump.
On the 11th, just before Vice President Pence sent a message, Vice President Pence and President Trump met for the first time after the intrusion of the US Capitol. CNN quoted a senior Trump administration official, saying, “The two met in the office of the president and had a good conversation. We promised to continue working on behalf of the United States for the rest of our term.”
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Until this meeting, the conflict between Vice President Pence and President Trump was sparking. In fact, Vice President Pence was disappointed with the past invasion of Congress and President Trump’s actions that promoted it, and for this reason, some media, including CNN, reported that Pence did not rule out the invocation of Article 25 of the Amendment. Last month, American media Axios said, “President Trump made a stride against those close to him who did not question the outcome of the presidential election, including Pence.”
However, experts believe that he will not be completely separated from his benefactor, President Trump. President Trump was the one who failed Pence, who was not a national politician, as a vice presidential candidate. Jeong-Geon Seo, Professor of Political Science and Diplomacy, Kyung Hee University “If President Trump in the presidential election four years later wants to play the role of kingmaker without his re-election, then Trump’s support is needed for Vice President Pence.”Said.
However, if you want to develop your ambitions for 2024, you will have to surpass President Trump someday. Maggie Haberman of The New York Times (NYT), who won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for an article about Trump and his aide, wrote of Pence in August last year, “I am looking at 2024 out of the shadow of Trump.” Vice President Pence is an honest Christian, and is the copyright holder of the ‘Pence Rule’ that he does not eat with other women without a wife. It is different from President Trump in that it is an authentic Republican route. He has volunteered for a new coronavirus infectious disease (Corona 19) vaccine, which President Trump has not yet been hit by, and is taking a differentiating route little by little.
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who served as another key aid to US President Trump, is also contemplating the future. As the Trump administration’s head of diplomacy for the past four years, he stayed in the cabinet and, to some extent, deflected President Trump’s demands for dissatisfaction with the presidential election. In recent years, it has been “sticking” the route of foreign policy, such as re-designation of a country supporting terrorism in Cuba and lifting the ban on contact between Taiwan and officials. Nevertheless Trump’s supporters drew a line, saying, “The US was the worst I saw today.”
Minister Pompeo was evaluated for understanding Trump’s heart to the point of being criticized as a “yes-man” throughout the Trump administration, but experts say that it is difficult for him, an orthodox Republican who values principles and principles, to join the allegation of election fraud. After retiring, Secretary Pompeo is expected to return to Kansas, where he was a member of the House of Representatives. If he is considering running for governor or senator in the future, he needs President Trump’s support. However, it is unclear what kind of attitude he will show in the future, who was critical of the invasion of Congress while pushing the Trump policy to the last minute.
While Vice President Pence and Secretary Pompeo were vague over the election dissatisfaction, Senator Ted Cruz clearly stepped up to absorb Trump’s support.
In a statement on the 2nd, he said in a statement on the 2nd, “If President Trump does not have a 10-day emergency audit of the election results of the defeated states, I will challenge the electoral votes of those states.” Led. He graduated from Princeton and Harvard Law Schools and served as Assistant Secretary of Justice for the Texas State Department of Justice. He was an in-party contender who fought with Trump for presidential candidates until 2016. However, in the 2018 midterm elections, when Cruise became difficult for re-election in the district of Texas, the relationship with President Trump became close after President Trump made a support visit to assist him in the election. The reason why Cruise is leading the current presidential dissatisfaction is that the Washington Post and Politico have analyzed that they have realized the power of the supporters of Trump and that they need their help in running for the next presidential election.
The remaining problem is the possibility of Trump’s reelection challenge. The Democratic Party plans to block Trump’s re-election by voting on an impeachment proceeding against President Trump on the 13th.
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