(PatriotWise.com) — Former national security advisor to then-Vice President Mike Pence last week endorsed Donald Trump in the 2024 GOP primary, noting that he has supported Trump since 2015, Real Clear Politics reported.
Keith Kellogg, who co-chairs the pro-Trump Center for American Security at the America First Policy Institute, told RCP that he has been a Trump supporter since “before Mike Pence even became a gleam in his eye.”
The day after Pence qualified for the August 23 debate, the retired Army Lt. Gen. made headlines after he said on Truth Social that Pence was “unworthy of the presidency.”
In his Truth Social post, Kellogg argued that unlike Trump, who was “bold and unafraid to challenge the status quo,” Mike Pence chooses “the passive route” and avoids confrontation.
But Kellogg was not always so critical of the former vice president.
It was Keith Kellogg who recommended that then-President Trump award Mike Pence the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Additionally, as the Capitol was being cleared of rioters on January 6, 2021, Kellogg emailed Pence’s Chief of Staff, Marc Short, to voice his support for Pence’s decision not to go along with Trump’s scheme to reject the Electoral College vote.
Kellogg told RCP that it was Pence’s actions after the January 6 riot that prompted him to distance himself from his former boss. He explained that Pence “crossed the line of loyalty” when he said that he didn’t believe Trump was fit to be president. Such a comment made Pence “fair game,” Kellogg added.
Kellogg was also angry when he learned that Pence was keeping notes while he was vice president, saying he “had no idea” that Pence was taking notes during his meetings with Trump.
Kellogg initially joined Trump’s 2016 campaign as a national security advisor. After Trump took office, he briefly served as National Security Advisor after Mike Flynn resigned. In 2018, then-Vice President Pence selected Kellogg as his national security advisor.
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