US media reported earlier in the day that Pence told the US president that he did not believe he had the power to block the congressional certification of the 3 November election results on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump has dismissed the earlier report of Vice President Mike Pence telling him he cannot overturn the results of the presidential election, calling it “Fake News”.
Trump also reiterated his earlier statement that Pence has the power to act to decertify the US election results.
“The New York Times report regarding comments Vice President Pence supposedly made to me today is fake news. He never said that. The Vice President and I are in total agreement that the Vice President has the power to act,” Trump said, accordiing to the statement released on Tuesday night.
“Our Vice President has several options under the U.S. Constitution. He can decertify the results or send them back to the states for change and certification. He can also decertify the illegal and corrupt results and send them to the House of Representatives for the one vote for one state tabulation,” the statement added.
The statement was allegedly made by Pence in a conversation with the president just hours before the latter tweeted that the vice president actually had the power to reject the election outcome, if electors are “fraudulent”.
Trump has been challenging Biden’s victory, insisting mass fraud and irregularities took place on November 3 that “helped” Democrats to “steal” his victory in the election. According to the official results, Biden collected 306 electoral votes as opposed to 232 votes cast for incumbent President Trump.
Congress will meet in a joint session on Wednesday to certify the results of the presidential election with Vice President Mike Pence presiding over the session to count the votes. The rules require US Vice President Mike Pence, who will be presiding over the joint session, to unseal states’ certificates in alphabetical order and pass them to four “tellers” – a Democrat and a Republican from each chamber of the Congress – for reviewing and pronouncing the contents.