President Trump has reportedly abandoned the decades-long tradition of one-on-one lunches with the vice president and instead holds meetings with multiple aides and a big-screen TV in the room, reportedly sometimes pausing to yell at cable news coverage.
The The Atlantic reports that during those meetings, the president frequently yells at a big-screen television in the room and will break from the lunch to discuss a response with aides if he sees something on the cable news channel that angers him.
Trump reportedly brings up Pence’s endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the 2016 Indiana primary and has also told Pence that he is in his debt for sparing him a reelection fight for Indiana’s governorship.
“I had the most valuable endorsement: [former Indiana University basketball coach] Bobby Knight,” Trump said at a 2017 White House dinner, a person in the room told the news outlet. “I won the primary. And now look where you are, Mike.”
According to The Atlantic, the abandoned one-on-one lunch ritual helps build trust with the vice president and, because only two people are at the table, prevents leaks, veterans of past White Houses said.
As early as June 2017, aides have claimed that the president yells at TV sets displaying coverage of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.