Vice President Mike Pence received a standing ovation when he addressed his staff in the aftermath of his most difficult week in office, telling them they should not let the actions of a violent mob overshadow their achievements of the past four years.
He attended a weekly staff meeting on Friday afternoon, with second lady Karen Pence and their daughter Charlotte Pence Bond, to exchange gifts with staff.
He also signed the Theodore Roosevelt desk in his ceremonial office at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building beside the White House, adding his signature to those of his predecessors, according to a senior administration official.
Afterward, he telephoned the family of Brian Sicknick, the United States Capitol Police officer who died a day earlier from injuries sustained during the violent protests that rocked the country.
Wednesday’s events, and Pence’s central role in refusing to bend to President Trump’s demands that he reject Electoral College votes, brought a somber air