Mike Pence likes to play the timid role. He stays in the background, rarely speaks, which is probably why Trump picked him, and he knows his place behind the president. Pence falls in line with the president every waking moment, and it’s sort of pathetic that he continues to play the meek, almost sedated figure that would have full reign of the country if anything were to happen to The Donald.
Pence still gets his fair share of backlash for the little stuff he does say, because it’s usually an extension of Trump’s rhetoric that everyone is sick of hearing. On a conference call Friday, Pence got an earful from Senate Democrats who are sick and tired of playing games with this administration.
Washington Post White House reporter Seung Min Kim tweeted the following Friday:
Phone call with Senate Ds and Pence was dominated by testing Qs and got testy, per source:
At one point, @SenAngusKing said “I have never been so mad about a phone call in my life" and said admin’s failure to develop an adequate nat'l testing regime is a “dereliction of duty."
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) April 17, 2020
According to CNN:
A Democratic Senate aide told CNN that “almost every question” from Democratic senators on the call “has been about testing,” and said that the administration “has not given clear answers.”
"We believe labs and hospitals are performing more than 120,000 tests per day," Pence proclaims as if it's a big accomplishment, but what he doesn't mention is that the number of per-day completed tests hasn't really increased in a month pic.twitter.com/hlhyKBwxsd
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 17, 2020
The source said that at one point, Sen. Angus King of Maine, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, said to Pence and everyone on the call, “I have never been so mad about a phone call in my life.”
The CNN report continued:
King called the administration’s failure to develop a more widespread national testing regime a “dereliction of duty.”
Senate Democrats exploded in frustration during a conference call with Mike Pence and Trump officials on testing.
Sen. Angus King called it a "dereliction of duty." King added: "I have never been so mad about a phone call in my life."https://t.co/WtWpWtGuhj
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 17, 2020
Access to testing has been uneven throughout the country amid the pandemic even with efforts to expand capacity — and pressure is intensifying on the President and the administration to ensure adequate testing, which is widely viewed as a requirement to reopening the shuttered US economy.
People on Twitter responded in force to the tweet. Check out the reactions below: