Vice President Mike Pence has said that he doesn't recall being asked to go on standby to assume the presidency during President Donald Trump's unannounced visit to Walter Reed Medical Center in November, after reports emerged this week that Trump was suffering from mini-strokes at the time.
'I don't recall being told to be on standby,' Pence told Fox News in an interview on Tuesday. '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.'
The vice president also insisted that the 'American people can be confident that this president is in remarkable good health, and every single day I see that energy.'
Trump's unusual visit to Walter Reed resurfaced in the news this week, when New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt claimed in an upcoming book that Pence was asked to be on standby during the visit in case Trump had to be anesthetized for a procedure.
Vice President Mike Pence has said that he doesn't recall being asked to go on standby to assume the presidency during President Donald Trump's unannounced visit to Walter Reed Medical Center in November
Trump has furiously denied claims that he suffered from 'mini-strokes' last fall
The motorcade of President Donald Trump waits at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland during his unannounced visit in November
CNN pundit Joe Lockhart, who served as White House press secretary under President Bill Clinton, then floated in a tweet his speculation that Trump was covering up a stroke.
The Drudge Report poured fuel on the controversy by linking to a video that purportedly shows Trump dragging his right foot.
Trump has furiously denied the claims, and the White House has insisted since November that the visit was part of the president's routine physical -- despite the trip not appearing on Trump's schedule and the White House press pool being ordered not to report Trump's departure from the residence until he arrived at Walter Reed.
'It never ends! Now they are trying to say that your favorite President, me, went to Walter Reed Medical Center, having suffered a series of mini-strokes,' Trump wrote on Twitter. 'Never happened to THIS candidate — FAKE NEWS. Perhaps they are referring to another candidate from another Party!'
'Drudge didn't support me in 2016, and I hear he doesn't support me now. Maybe that's why he is doing poorly,' Trump tweeted Tuesday evening. 'His Fake News report on Mini-Strokes is incorrect. Possibly thinking about himself, of the other party's 'candidate,'' Trump wrote.
Lockhart's tweet had gotten little attention among mainstream reporters until the president brought up those claims Tuesday morning.
A new book offered explosive revelations that Vice President Mike Pence was on standby during the president's unscheduled 2019 trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, which the White House said at the time was because Trump had a 'free weekend.'
Pence has since denied that he was ever on-call.
As the book's author, New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt noted online, his book's dive into the Walter Reed trip included nothing about mini-strokes.
After setting off new rounds of speculation by bringing up the issue, Trump directed the White House physician to release a statement stating that he had never been treated for a 'cerebrovascular accident.'sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice