VP Pence Flight Turned Back to D.C. for “Emergency” or “Non Emergency” (Updated)

Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Nov. 11, 2017. Photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley

Vice President Mike Pence who had been scheduled to appear at an event in New Hampshire abruptly returns to D.C., and the event which Fox News reports was a “roundtable discussion and deliver remarks on the opioid crisis and illegal drug flow in New Hampshire,” has been cancelled.

This is a breaking news story, so currently there is not a lot of info.

A reporter, Kevin Landrigan, via tweet reported that it was staff for the Vice President that made the announcement.

The Boston Globe is reporting that Massachusetts GOP committeeman Tom Mountain, said that Secret Service said to those in attendance that President Trump had ordered VP Pence back to the White House, “The president called Air Force Two back to Washington. It was about to land and they had to call them back to Washington. I don’t recall that they use the word ‘emergency ‘or ‘crisis,’”

NBC Boston 10 reporter tweeted that the word “emergency” that was first used, is not correct instead it was a “diversion.”

There seems to be some confusion as to exactly when Air Force Two was called back, but many sources agree that the plane was getting ready to land in New Hampshire.

VP Pence’s Press Secretary Alyssa Farah, tweeted that there is no cause for alarm, something came up that required VP Pence to remain in DC.

The President has just in the last 12 minutes tweeted.

Update.

VP Pence’s office has confirmed that Air Force 2 never took off.

PBS News is reporting that White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley said there was no cause for concern.

ABC News is reporting that Marc Short, VP Pence’s Chief of Staff, said that the Vice President has discussed the issue with President Trump, but did not give specifics, just stating that it was not “health related” or “National Security related”

For What It’s worth Tara Palmeri also with ABC News is reporting that we’d find out what the issue was that led to the event being canceled “in a few weeks.”

The Governor of New Hampshire Chris Sununu (R) who was also scheduled to attend the event in New Hampshire, said that he was not given a reason for the cancellation, but looked forward to the event being rescheduled

As noted this is a developing story.

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