Second lady Karen Pence choked back tears as she addressed U.S. troops at Fort Drum, New York, on Sunday (January 17), saying it was the last trip for her and her husband, Vice President Mike Pence, as his term draws to a close.
“It is such an honor to be here with you,” she said.
The vice president called the role the “greatest honor of my life.”
“I have faith that the day will come when we put these challenging times in the past and emerge stronger and better than ever,” Pence said. “We will heal our land.”
Pence plans to attend the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday (January 20), though his boss, President Donald Trump, does not.
Trump, despite pledging to work toward a smooth transfer of power, has not contacted President-elect Joe Biden or explicitly acknowledged that Biden won the November election. Trump spent the weeks since the Nov. 3 election questioning its integrity and claiming falsely that he won.
Pence certified Biden and Harris’s electoral win in Congress last week after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in attempt to stop the process. Pence faced strong pressure from the president to intervene in an attempt to throw the election Trump’s way.
The president is expected to leave the White House on Wednesday morning and fly to Florida.
(Production: Vanessa Johnston)