Mike Pence will not be attending the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, held this year in Orlando, Florida. The former vice president declined an invitation to speak, even as former President Donald Trump is planning to appear, marking his first public event since leaving the White House.
Matt Schlapp, the organizer who runs the yearly meeting of conservative activists, said he was disappointed that Pence would not be in attendance.
"Conservatives want to hear his take on the current threats posed by socialism and this radicalized Democrat party," Schlapp said when asked about the former vice president's decision to decline the invitation.
Some have speculated that Pence decided to avoid the conference once Trump had confirmed that he would appear. The relationship between the former running mates deteriorated rapidly when Pence agreed to certify the 2020 electoral votes even as Trump called on him to refuse.
But Pence's aides have indicated the former vice president is simply carrying forward with his plan to remain out of the public eye for the next six months.