Vice President Mike Pence will not visit Israel in early January, according to the U.S. Embassy.
In December, Regional Cooperation Minister Ofir Akunis, who is a member of the Likud party, had previously confirmed Pence's visit.
“Pence is planning on visiting Israel. I don’t want to commit to the dates. It’s likely that during the trip itself there will be a declaration of normalization” with another Muslim country, Akunis told the paper days earlier.
According to a report from Politico, Pence was slated to leave the United States on Jan. 6, which is the same date that the Joint Session of Congress will count the Electoral College votes. Pence is slated to preside over the session, as he is the president of the Senate.
The news outlet, citing a government document, said that Pence would be visiting Israel, Bahrain, and Poland. The trips were not confirmed by the vice president's office or the White House. It's unclear if Pence will still travel to the other two countries.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) on Wednesday announced that he would be joining a growing number of House GOP lawmakers in challenging the Electoral College votes on Jan. 6—becoming the first senator to do so. The move would trigger a 2-hour debate before both chambers of Congress vote on a states' electoral votes.
Both a House representative and a Senator are required to challenge the electoral vote.