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Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoSunday shows preview: Biden administration confronts inflation spike Sunday shows preview: House passes bipartisan infrastructure bill; Democrats suffer election loss in Virginia Republicans to challenge Biden vaccine mandate MORE (R-Wyo.) declined to criticize former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump slams McConnell, says senator should attend Biden signing ceremony Former Trump administration aide says she was warned about playing Taylor Swift music in White House Trump faces legal challenges in keeping documents from Jan. 6 committee MORE’s remarks appearing to defend Jan. 6 rioters who called to hang former Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceFormer Trump administration aide says she was warned about playing Taylor Swift music in White House Jan. 6 probe threatens fragile Trump-Pence peace Trump CDC official: No ‘public health reason’ for border closure, Title 42 MORE
On ABC’s “This Week,” host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosOfficials, lawmakers express optimism on infrastructure, spending vote Kinzinger slams Republicans over the ‘lie and conspiracy’ Buttigieg on passing spending packages: ‘We are the closest we have ever been’ MORE asked Barrasso about the former president’s comments, made during an interview with ABC News journalist Jonathan Karl for his book “Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show.” 
Trump reportedly said, “No, I thought he was well-protected,” when asked if he was concerned about Pence’s safety on that day, adding “I had heard he was in very good shape,” according to The Washington Post
Trump also said the chants of “Hang Mike Pence” were “common sense,” as the vice president was not attempting to halt the certification of the 2020 presidential election. 
When asked about Trump’s comments, Barrasso said Sunday that the Republican Party is more united than ever in opposition to the Biden administration. 
“And I think the more that the Democrats and the press becomes obsessed with President Trump, I think the better it is for the Republican Party. President Trump brings lots of energy to the party. He’s an enduring force,” Barrasso told Stephanopoulos. 
Barrasso also said that Pence was safe during the Capitol riot, adding that in the Senate chamber, he “didn’t hear any of those chants.”
“But you’re not going to criticize President Trump for those views?” Stephanopoulos asked Barrasso. 
“I don’t agree with President Trump on everything. I agree with him on the policies that have brought us the best economy in our — my lifetime. And I’m going to continue to support those policies and continuing to work to stop what Joe BidenJoe BidenMichael Flynn says of the US: ‘We have to have one religion’ White House tries to pivot messaging on economy Biden expresses ‘great concern’ over Belarus-Poland border crisis MORE is doing to this country, which I believe is almost irreversibly bad,” Barrasso said

.@SenJohnBarasso refuses to give direct answer when pressed by @GStephanopoulos on former Pres. Trump appearing to defend Jan. 6 rioters who chanted “hang Mike Pence” in interview with @JonKarl, says: “The Republican Party is incredibly united right now.” https://t.co/Rr8tytJhBL pic.twitter.com/DwJPLvu2vm

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