Former Vice President Mike Pence said that he first deemed it was "best" to separate from his former running mate, ex-President Donald Trump, after Trump supporters sieged the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

In a town hall with CNN Wednesday night, Pence continued to open up about his perspective on January 6, which he spoke about for the first time in an interview aired on ABC News Monday.

Pence told CNN that he did not immediately reach out to speak with Trump in the days immediately following the riot, but finally did meet with the former president on the Monday after the attack after being approached by Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump.

Former Vice President Mike Pence visits "Fox & Friends" Wednesday at Fox News Channel studios in New York City. Pence appeared in a live town hall on CNN Wednesday night to discuss January 6 and his plans for the Republican Party.John Lamparski/Getty Images

According to Pence, Trump asked him if he was "scared" while Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol.

"I said no," Pence told the town hall crowd. "I was angry."

Pence added that he and Trump then "spoke from time to time" after they both left the White House, but noted that "after the president returned to the rhetoric that he was using before that tragic day in January, criticizing me and others who are taking the stand for the Constitution of the United States, I just determined it was best to go our separate ways."

Pence also repeated his answer that he gave Monday when asked if he supports Trump running for reelection in 2024.

"I think we'll have better choices ... than my old running mate," Pence said. "I think America longs to go back to the policies that were working for the American people, but I think it's time for new leadership in this country that will bring us together around our highest ideals."

Trump officially announced his candidacy on Tuesday, the same day Pence released his book, So Help Me God, an autobiography that covers Pence's moments in office up through January 6. Pence has said in several interviews this week that he is in "prayerful consideration" with his family to run for president in 2024, but has not made any official announcement that he plans on challenging his ex-running mate.

While answering a guest's question during the town hall, Pence addressed what what he believed went well for candidates in this year's midterm elections, saying that the "common denominator" between Republicans who performed well was that they were "focused on the future" and were "focused on the challenges facing American families" during their campaigns.

"By contrast, I think you could argue that candidates that were focused on the past, that were focused on relitigating the past, did not fare as well," Pence continued. "And I expect that's going to be taken to heart by Republicans in the Congress of the United States and across the country."

When asked about candidates who still question the integrity of the 2020 election, Pence said that while officials "have every right" to challenge election outcomes, there has "been far too much of questioning."

"I think both parties would do well to work to reaffirm public confidence in our elections and their integrity," Pence said. "But I also think the time has come for us to produce leaders in both parties that are focused on the future."

Newsweek has reached out to Trump's press team for comment.

Update 11/16/22, 10:53 p.m. ET: This story has been updated with additional information and background.