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Update: WH Now Reporting Pence Had Not Left DC, Not 'Emergency Callback'

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Vice President Mike Pence, already aboard Air Force 2, was called back to the White House on Tuesday morning due to what a spokesman for the vice president originally called an “emergency.”

Organizers for the event Pence was set to attend later clarified the change in plans was due to a “diversion,” according to NBC Boston.

According to PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said, “Something came up that requires the VP to remain in DC. There is no cause for concern.”

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Gidley refused to elaborate on the issue or topic that had caused the abrupt change in the vice president’s destination.

It was also unclear whether Pence’s plane had even taken off from Washington, D.C., in the first place.


Pence’s press secretary, Alyssa Farah, later claimed Pence “never left Washington, DC. There was no ’emergency callback.’ Something came up that required the VP to stay in DC. We’ll reschedule NH shortly.”

According to Alcindor, there is no medical issue with the vice president or President Donald Trump that required Pence to reschedule his trip.

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“There is no medical issue with the VP and the president,” a senior administration official told Alcindor.

This is a developing story.

It was originally published under the headline, “Breaking: Pence Now at WH After Being Recalled on Air Force 2 for ‘Emergency,’ Officials Still Refusing to Release Details.”

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Josh Manning is deputy managing editor, assignment, at The Western Journal. He holds a masters in public policy from Harvard University and has a background in higher education.
Josh Manning grew up outside of Memphis, TN and developed a love of history, politics, and government studies thanks to a life-changing history and civics teacher named Mr. McBride.

He holds an MPP from Harvard University and a BA from Lyon College, a small but distinguished liberal arts college where he also served as an interim vice president.

While in school he did everything possible to confront, discomfit, and drive ivy league liberals to their knees.

After a number of years working in academe, he moved to digital journalism and opinion. Since that point, he has held various leadership positions at The Western Journal and now serves as editor-at-large.

He's married to a gorgeous blonde who played in the 1998 NCAA women's basketball championship game, and he has two pre-teens who hate doing dishes more than poison. He makes life possible for two boxers -- "Hank" Rearden Manning and "Tucker" Carlson Manning -- and a pitbull named Nikki Haley "Gracie" Manning.
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