The source would not provide CNN further details about the relationship, or describe the contents of the calls. One call was initiated by each.
The source also noted the former vice president is close to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, now head of the Republican Governors Association. By the summertime, the source said, Pence will be more active in politics, probably in the gubernatorial cycle, and has told House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy he’ll be active, too.
As for the former President’s CPAC appearance and beyond, the source said, “People don’t want to risk (Trump’s) wrath, but no one really knows how it’s going to play out.”
The problem, the source said, is that the ex-President isn’t going to have a strong political team around him. “A lot of people are circling in and out,” including those who will meet with him in Florida before the conference, such as Jason Miller, Bill Stepien, Justin Clark and Brad Parscale.
“They’re going to want to continue to push out the narrative that he’s the kingmaker,” the source added.