Mike Pence is 'NOT feuding with Trump' despite 'snubbing' former president's first major public appearance
MIKE Pence is 'not feuding with Donald Trump' – despite 'snubbing' the former president's first major public appearance since he left office.
Rumours of a rift between the pair have been denied after the former vice president chose not to attend a conservative conference this week.
Trump is due to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, at the weekend.
His speech on February 28 will be his first time addressing his supporters or speaking in public since leaving the White House on January 20.
Several of his close allies are on the list of scheduled speakers, but Pence will not be in attendance.
A report suggested this was because Trump did not want him there, but this has been dismissed.
Jason Miller, an adviser to Trump, said the rumours were "patently false" and that Trump and Pence had had "a great call last week".
And to further reject the claims, the conference organiser said he had spoken to Pence on Monday and he had recalled "warm stories" of Trump.
Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union which runs the conference, posted on Twitter that the pair had "been keeping in touch on the phone".
He added that the former vice president was "gracious about his support" of the event but had said "weeks ago he was unable to make it".
A source previously told Fox News that Pence was asked to speak at the conference but he had snubbed the invitation.
And it follows a clash between the pair last month following violence at the US Capitol.
But they are said to have had a "good conversation" when they met days later when they both condemned the rioters.
They agreed that "those who broke the law and stormed the Capitol do not represent the American first movement backed by 75 million Americans".
Pence also thanked Trump for his time as vice president in an emotional farewell speech last month following Joe Biden's inauguration.
On January 20 he said: "Today, we inaugurated a new president and a new vice president, and allow me to offer my congratulations to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
"Let me also take a moment to thank President Trump and Melania for all they've done to make America great."
The theme of CPAC this year is 'American Uncanceled.
Rapper Young Pharaoh was due to speak at the conference but organisers axed him from the bill after he tweeted that Jewish people are "thieving fake Jews".
CPAC tweeted on Monday: "We have just learned that someone we invited to CPAC has expressed reprehensible views that have no home with our conference or our organization.
"The individual will not be participating at our conference."
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