Mike Pence may have the title, but insiders in Washington and Indiana, where he served as governor, believe that Karen Pence is the boss and the & # 39; real VP & # 39; is.
Any hesitation on the part of the Trump team when tapping Pence for vp was actually about the power of the woman he & # 39; mother & # 39; calls.
Pence became Donald Trump & # 39; s choice for vice president by playing hard when the future president yelled at him: & I need killers! Do you want this thing or not? & # 39;
Pence calmly told Trump that it & # 39; doesn't matter & # 39; if he chose him and that if he was an & # 39; attack dog & # 39; wanted, he had the wrong one.
Trump had asked Pence during breakfast in Indiana in June 2016 why he took the trouble to be in the race if that was his attitude. Pence simply replied: & # 39; You are in my house, tell me & # 39 ;.
Trump said & # 39; wow & # 39; and was impressed by the indifference that Pence showed him.
Acting as if he didn't want the job, Pence made Trump desperate to have him, writes Tom LoBianco, a former Associated Press reporter who covered Pence while he was governor of Indiana.
In his upcoming biography Piety & Power: Mike Pence and the Taking of the White HouseLoBianco writes that this was classic Pence: being a nice guy on the outside, but being a ruthless and ambitious political player on the inside.
Donald Trump was so impressed by the indifference of Mike Pence to become his running in the 2016 presidential election that it earned him the job as a VP. Trump had asked Pence during breakfast in Indiana in June 2016 why he took the trouble to be in the race. Pence simply replied: & # 39; You are in my house, tell me & # 39 ;. Trump said & # 39; wow & # 39; and gave him the job. Pictured: Trump announces Pence as his VP in July 2016
Very close behind Pence, 60, is his wife Karen, who according to LoBianco is the real vice president.
Karen, who is bizarre, is treated by her husband & # 39; mother & # 39; is so cunning that she gives Pence advice by phone so that she doesn't hang around him all the time.
The 62-year-old is also said to be obsessed with money and demanded $ 1.5 million from the Trump Initiation Commission fund to renovate the vice president's home.
DailyMail.com contacted the vice president's communications director for comments on the claims in the book, but received no response.
In his upcoming book Piety & Power: Mike Pence and the Taking of the White House, LoBianco writes that this was classic Pence: looking like a nice guy but really being a ruthless and ambitious political player
Pence was a surprising choice to be Trump's current partner, but he has rewarded him with loyalty that his critics consider adjacent to sycofancy.
As vice president, Pence Trump has provided cover for religious law by vigorously opposing abortion and homosexuality.
Pence is a born-again evangelical and calls himself a & # 39; Christian, a conservative and a republican, in that order & # 39 ;.
But LoBianco claims that there is something above everything else – being a politician.
He describes Pence as the & # 39; ultimate political form changer & # 39; whose views change depending on what promotes his career.
Pence tries to portray himself in public as a nice guy, but privately – and occasionally also in public – his mood rises and the ruthlessness behind the mask comes into the picture.
Nowhere was Pence's cunning behavior clearer than his maneuvering to get the job of vice president, culminating in an unexpected dinner with Trump in Indianapolis in June 2016 when the Trump plane had a flat tire.
At the time, Trump still chose former House speaker Newt Gingrich, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie and Pence as his running mate.
Trump was stranded in Indianapolis and during breakfast at the governor's mansion – his family flew in and Karen Pence joined them – he put it down.
LoBianco claims that Pence & # 39; s wife Karen is the real VP. The 62-year-old is also said to be obsessed with money. The inauguration committee paid Karen & # 39; s dress for the ball the night before Trump was sworn in, but she did not like it and gave a new one instead (photo)
The author claims that Karen & # 39; s obsession with money goes back decades, so when they entered the White House, she asked her assistants for $ 1.5 million to renovate the vice president's residence in the US Naval Observatory (photo). Pence and Karen & # 39; arguing & # 39; until the vice president went to Trump to beg for the money
Trump barked: & I need killers, I want someone to fight. Chris Christie calls me non-stop about this job. He calls me every 10 seconds, he would do anything for this job.
& # 39; He would like to become vice president. And you, you don't care. I need killers! Do you want this thing or not? & # 39;
Pence was calm and told Trump that & # 39; if you want to be someone a constant attack dog, I am not that guy & # 39 ;.
Pence went further: & # 39; I'm going to do things in my own style, because that's how I feel comfortable. If you want someone to help you govern, if you want someone to build relationships with donors, I am your man & # 39 ;.
He added: & # 39; At your question, I would like to be a governor. I like to run for re-election. I would like to do this for another four years. I really enjoy this … if you don't want me, I will work very hard for you and the other man. It does not matter. It really doesn't matter. & # 39;
Trump said if that were the case, why Pence took the trouble to be in the race to get his name on the ticket.
Pence said: & # 39; You're at my house, just tell me & # 39 ;.
Trump just said: & # 39; Wow & # 39; – and gave him the job,
While Trump searched Pence, he would have his clean album & # 39; amazed & # 39 ;.
Trump, a serious adulterer who had earned a fortune in the bald world of real estate in New York, & # 39; could not understand Pence & # 39 ;, a devout Midwesterner who was not governed by money.
The real source of concern for the Trump team was Karen Pence. LoBianco writes: & # 39; Mike didn't bother them. But Karen did it. The Trump camp had heard horror stories about Karen, the same stories that ran through the corridors of the State House (Indiana). & # 39; Pence met Karen at the law school at Indiana University and they have been married since 1965
One day, Trump flipped through the summary of the inspection process and threw it away because it was so boring.
LoBianco writes that Trump said he complained & # 39; where is the hard stuff & # 39; but the most difficult was an advertisement in the 1990 Pence campaign with an actor who played an Arab sheikh.
The Trump team thought: & # 39; That was racist? Hard to say. This was the Trump campaign & # 39 ;.
The real source of concern for the Trump team was actually Karen Pence.
LoBianco writes: & # 39; Mike didn't bother them. But Karen did it. The Trump camp had heard horror stories about Karen, the same stories that ran through the corridors of the (Indiana) state house.
& # 39; But just like in those corridors, Trump's campaign couldn't put her finger on it, like a shadow governor & # 39 ;.
Pence met Karen at the law school at Indiana University and they have been married since 1965.
LoBianco describes their relationship as & # 39; ying and yang & # 39; but there is little doubt about who has the power.
Pence is so devoted to Karen that he has established a rule that he does not drink, dine, or meet any other woman than his wife, which has brought him public ridicule.
The author writes that Pence has another motto: & # 39; Nothing good happens after the second drink and 9:00 pm & # 39 ;.
The book says that & # 39; Karen Pence rules sleep & # 39; when it comes to her husband, who was home every evening when he was a congressman.
When the Access Hollywood tape came out, in which Trump bragged about the sexual abuse of women, Pence considered stopping as VP. When Trump finally reached Pence after 6 pm, he asked to be connected to Karen – and apologized to her
Pence has a faux antique red telephone in his office that Karen calls him. Clever lobbyists in Washington know that if they want to get a message to Pence, they tell Karen & # 39; s friends who pass it on to her.
The & # 39; power to reach Karen was undeniable – which was part of the reason the Pence's assistants fought to show who had real access to her, & the book says.
When the Access Hollywood tape came out in which Trump bragged about sexual abuse of women, Pence considered stopping as vice president.
Karen even wondered how they could cope with their daughters and son if they supported such polluting behavior.
When Trump finally reached Pence after 6 pm, he asked to be connected to Karen – and apologized a lot to her.
The author claims that Karen & # 39; s obsession with money goes back decades, so when they entered the White House, she asked her assistants for $ 1.5 million to renovate the vice president's residence at the US Naval Observatory .
Pence and Karen & # 39; arguing & # 39; until the vice president went to Trump to beg for the money.
Trump offered them $ 750,000 from his initiation committee, which went to the Vice President's Residence Foundation, but Pence & # 39; s staff thought it was actually helping them out of their financial difficulties and debts.
The inauguration committee also paid Karen's dress for the ball the night before Trump was sworn in, but she did not like it and instead gave the order to Joyce Hittesdorf, Indiana.
The French lace lace body with square-cut sleeves and embroidered silk skirt was kept on social media, some of which said it was a & # 39; redesigned wedding dress & # 39; used to be.
In fact, it is made from the original dress and new materials, LoBianco writes.
In anticipation of the launch of the book on September 24, LoBianco claimed in an interview that Pence's allies are concerned that Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner (shown together in 2017) would like to push Pence alongside the ticket in 2020
Karen reportedly submitted two invoices to the dedication committee, one for $ 110, apparently for the extra material, and another for the full cost of the dress.
In anticipation of the launch of the book on September 24, LoBianco claimed in an interview that Pence's allies are concerned that Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner would want to drop Pence off the ticket in 2020.
In his book, LoBianco describes that the working relationship between Pence and Trump is no more than & # 39; sincere & # 39; even after years of collaboration.
Part of the problem is that Trump believes Pence secretly wants his job – which, according to the book, is clear to anyone who knows the vice president.
Such suspicions are not helped by the disclosure that George W. Bush sent a secret message to Pence in April 2016 through his donors: & # 39; please stop Trump and save the Republican party & # 39 ;.
The book is not the first non-flattering story of Pence & # 39; s time in the White House.
In The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence, authors Michael D & # 39; Antonio and Peter Eisner claimed that Pence was a slave to his corporate masters and a religious fanatic.
Pence presumably believes he can save the soul of Donald Trump, but makes no secret that he desperately wants his job.
The claims of the book include that Pence has developed a false sincerity and kindness that he has armed as a tool for conviction and deflection.
It calls Pence & # 39; the most successful Christian supremacist in American history & # 39; and claims that Pence, who once considered becoming a priest, has divine grandeur madness.
Pence has only avoided a coup because he thinks Trump is so vulnerable to accusation, which means he would get the job anyway.
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