US President Donald Trump, 74, has turned on his deputy Mike Pence, 61, on Twitter, accusing him of lacking “courage” to intervene in the US election result. Trump supporters have since stormed the US Capitol building, with violent clashes seen between pro-Trump protestors and police.
The US President wrote on Twitter: “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!”
Mr Pence released a letter soon after, confirming he did not have such powers, and didn’t believe those powers should be afforded to anyone who is in his role.
It came as thousands of pro-Trump protestors swarmed around the Capitol building.
Demonstrators breached security and entered the building, according to reports.
Both chambers of US Congress stopped abruptly as they were debating November’s election results.
The lawmakers were meeting to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral college victory.
Mr Trump later took to Twitter to post: “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!”
This evening, Mike Pence tweeted: “The violence and destruction taking place at the US Capitol Must Stop and it Must Stop Now. Anyone involved must respect Law Enforcement officers and immediately leave the building.”
A second tweet read: “Peaceful protest is the right of every American but this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
How much is Donald Trump worth?
Forbes estimates the US President’s net worth at $3.1billion, as of March 5, 2019.
What is Mike Pence’s net worth?
Mike Pence has a net worth of $1million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
As part of his financial disclosure, in August 2016, he has a modest net worth that is mostly made up of a pension worth roughly $500,000.
Prior to becoming Vice President, the politician earned a governor’s salary.
According to a financial disclosure released in 2016, Mr Pence and his wife Karen Pence earned a combined $113,026 in adjusted gross income in 2015 ($173,860 before deductions).
The majority of this was derived from his salary as governor of India.
The couple also earned around $9,000 from a pension fund/annuity.
In each year between 2009 and 2016, they earned at least $100,000.
Specifically in 2009 and 2010, the pair earned $187,000.
According to Forbes, Mr Pence became a millionaire from government pensions.
The Vice President’s retirement will include funding through his state and federal pensions, the publication reported in 2019.
Those pensions will likely pay him at least $85,000 per year for the rest of his life.
They are worth a combined $1.2million, reports suggest.
As such, this would push Mr Pence’s net worth to an estimated $1million.