“Well, the people were very angry,” Trump can be heard telling ABC News’ Jonathan Karl during a taped interview for Karl’s new book, Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show.
“No, I thought he was well protected and I had heard that he was in good shape,” Trump told Karl.
Trump did not contact Pence while the insurrection was unfolding to confirm his safety, and the two men ultimately went days without speaking after police had cleared the building and Congress proceeded to certify the election results — a process that was overseen by Pence.
CNN has reached out to Pence for comment.
In his interview with Karl, the former president appeared to suggest that the January 6 insurrectionists had a right to be upset with Pence.
“It’s common sense that you’re supposed to protect. How can you — if you know a vote is fraudulent, right — how can you pass on a fraudulent vote?” Trump said.
Though Trump had tried pressuring Pence to block the certification of the election, Pence informed him that he had no such authority to do so, sources told CNN at the time.