Vice President Mike Pence told Fox News Tuesday that he does not remember being told to be “on standby to take over the powers of the presidency temporarily” if President Trump had to undergo a procedure during a visit to Walter Reed Medical Center last year.
“I don’t recall being told to be on standby,” Pence told “Special Report” host Bret Baier in an exclusive interview. “I was informed that the president had a doctor’s appointment, [but] I’ve got to tell you, part of this job is you are always on standby if you are Vice President of the United States.”
New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt made the claim in his forthcoming book, “Donald Trump V. The United States,” writing that Pence was put on alert to assume presidential powers “if Trump had to undergo a procedure that would have required him to be anesthetized.”
On Tuesday, Trump denied a related claim that he had “a series of mini-strokes” that prompted the unscheduled Nov. 16, 2019 visit, which he previously told Fox News was part of his annual physical.
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