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Trump Hands Pence a Last Loyalty Test Amid Furor on Georgia Call

  • Vice president to preside over ratification of Biden’s win
  • Pence aides developing plan to manage the event, and Trump
Mike Pence leaves the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 3.

Mike Pence leaves the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 3.

Photographer: Samuel Corum/Bloomberg
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President Donald Trump will make his last stand to overturn his election loss on Wednesday when Vice President Mike Pence presides over a congressional session to ratify November’s results, an event that threatens to strain the relationship between the two men.

Trump’s refusal to concede and his obsession with overturning the will of voters means the ceremony poses a test for his most loyal subordinate. Pence also faces a party divided over Trump’s conduct, a rift that is growing after the president on Saturday pressured Georgia election officials to overturn his loss in the state.