President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence celebrate their 50th anniversary in the Oval Office on Friday.
The pair was joined by Vice President Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who was born on the day of the president’s inauguration.
They exchanged hugs, and Trump said that Pence had become “my friend.”
“We’re going to do it together.
We’re going have a great time,” he said.
The president also praised his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, and his chief of staff, Reince Pompeo, who he said was “doing a great job.”
“I want to thank Rex Tillerson for the excellent job he’s doing, Reith Pompeo for his great work, Reich Mattis for his leadership, and Reince Trump for his tremendous work in the Cabinet,” Trump said.
“We’ve got to get back to working.
It’s going on.”
Trump has been widely criticized by Democrats and Republicans for not releasing his tax returns, which he has maintained are private and are under audit.
Pence, meanwhile, has defended his former boss, saying he was “unprecedentedly honest” in revealing his returns.
“I have always said that I intend to release my returns,” Pence said during an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network in January.
“That’s what I do every single year.
That’s what every American has to do.”
The president has been under increasing scrutiny since the release of his 2005 tax returns.
The IRS has found numerous instances in which Trump avoided paying taxes on nearly $1 billion in income, including payments he received from foreign governments and entities controlled by his family members.
Pence was one of the first Cabinet members to speak publicly about the matter in June, when he told the Senate Finance Committee that Trump has “been a model for us all.”