BREAKING: Mike Pence Called to the White House for Undisclosed 'Emergency'
Vice president rushed to DC on Air Force 2, canceling New Hampshire event
Vice President Mike Pence has been called back to Washington DC on Tuesday for what was initially described as an undisclosed "emergency" at the White House, according to reports.
VP Pence was flown back to DC on Air Force Two and his planned visit to New Hampshire has been canceled.
Officials have not revealed details on the situation but later sought to downplay the change of plans.
"Something came up that required the @VP to remain in Washington, DC," Pence spokeswoman Alyssa Farah tweeted.
"It’s no cause for alarm. He looks forward to rescheduling the trip to New Hampshire very soon."
Something came up that required the @VP to remain in Washington, DC. It’s no cause for alarm. He looks forward to rescheduling the trip to New Hampshire very soon.— Alyssa Farah (@VPPressSec) July 2, 2019
Organizers for the event Pence was set to attend later clarified the change in plans was due to a “diversion,” according to Boston 10.
According to PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley, “Something came up that requires the VP to remain in DC. There is no cause for concern.”
Gidley confirmed that VP Pence is in the West Wing at the White House. But he wouldn’t confirm the topic area or issue that has caused the VP to abruptly return to the White House.— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) July 2, 2019
According to Western Journal, 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 left Washington, D.C., in the first place.
Reporter on Fox says VP was "about to land in NH" and was "turned around." A guest on MSNBC says the plane was turned around in midair. But a senior WH official told the press pool that "The VP had not left DC and he's currently at the White House." https://t.co/vInf9QOK7E— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 2, 2019
According to Alcindor, there is reportedly no medical issue with the vice president or President Donald Trump that required Pence to cancel his trip.
A senior administration official says: “There is no medical issue with the VP and the president.”— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) July 2, 2019
“There is no medical issue with the VP and the president,” a senior administration official told Alcindor.
According to Fox News, Pence was scheduled to visit Salem on Tuesday to participate in a roundtable discussion and deliver remarks on the opioid crisis and illegal drug flow in New Hampshire.
There were conflicting accounts of whether Pence was actually en route to New Hampshire when he was called back.
Shortly before the vice president was scheduled to arrive, an announcer at the event told the crowd that Air Force Two had been diverted because of an "emergency callback."
“We do have a situation where the vice president was called back to Washington,” Randy Gentry, a representative of Pence's office, told the crowd.
But a White House official later said Pence had not left D.C. and is back at the White House.
Trump is in Washington on Tuesday but has no public events scheduled.