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Trump and Pence speak for first time since Capitol riots

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<p>President Donald Trump has spoken to his vice president Mike Pence for the first time since the Capitol riots, with the pair meeting in the White House.</p>

President Donald Trump has spoken to his vice president Mike Pence for the first time since the Capitol riots, with the pair meeting in the White House.

The meeting comes as the clock ticks on Nancy Pelosi's 24-hour deadline for Mr Pence to invoke the 25th amendment to remove Mr Trump from the White House.

Mr Pence could step in to replace the president if he has the support of majority of cabinet members.

Donald Trump did not speak to Mike Pence for days after inciting a riot that led to the Capitol building stormed.

In the past four years, Mr Pence has been a loyal deputy, though there have been contradictory reports the vice president is considering such a move.

Mr Trump took specific aim at Mr Pence at his rally on January 6 which descended into the mob riot at the US Capitol.

"If Mike Pence does the right thing, we win the election," Mr Trump falsely said.

Mr Trump was pressuring Mr Pence to overturn the election results as he presided over a joint session of Congress, something he has absolutely no authority to do.

Instead, Mr Pence allowed the certification of the vote to proceed as constitutionally required.

Mike Pence presided over the certification of the election results, before it was interrupted by a violent mob.

Crowds of rioters chanted "Hang Mike Pence" as they stormed the building.

Mr Pence and his family had to be rushed to a secure location after makeshift gallows were erected outside the building.

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It has been widely reported that Mr Trump and Mr Pence did not speak between the Capitol riot and today's meeting.

Associated Press quoted a senior administration official who described it as a "good meeting".

The 25th amendment would be the swiftest way to remove Mr Trump from office.

Shortly after Donald Trump lashed out at Mike Pence at a rally, its attendees stormed the Capitol chanting for his death.

But there is no indication Mr Trump's cabinet would vote to remove him.

Only a handful of Republicans are entertaining the idea of impeachment, and many more are resolutely opposed.

And with the Senate famous for its glacial pace, it's very possible Mr Trump will be out of office before the topic comes to a vote.

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It is also why Ms Pelosi is pushing for the cabinet to enact the 25th amendment, which would remove Mr Trump from office immediately.

Mr Trump would retain his post-presidency perks if removed by the 25th amendment, and would be able to run again.

Come next Wednesday, Mr Trump will be out of the White House no matter what.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/mike-pence-donald-trump-meet-white-house-impeachment-25th-amendment-us-capitol-riots/3fc9ef3a-3c2a-4927-85a9-c791c5509f28

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