As ex-Defence Secretary James Pattis received a standing ovation at the elite Alfalfa Club dinner in Washington DC, it appears that a number of high-profile guests, including US Vice President Mike Pence himself, opted not to appear there despite being invited.
The vice president’s office, however, told the media outlet in a statement that Pence “declined the invitation weeks ago and was not scheduled to attend”.
When news of this development came to light, a number of social media users were quick to mock the no-shows.
Are they in jail already?— Lorin Mallorie (@LorinMallorie) 27 января 2019 г.
I’m guessing Pence and the Kushner’s weren’t missed at all.— Helen (@FFaxhdr) 27 января 2019 г.
They’re busy packing their bags and making sure their passports and disguises are in order.— RGCain (@rgcainmd) 28 января 2019 г.
They were afraid of an FBI takedown.— GrandPoobah (@GrandPoobah9) 27 января 2019 г.
James Mattis announced his resignation from the position of US defence secretary on 19 December, amid criticism of US President Donald Trump’s decision to start pulling US troops out of Syria.