On Sunday, Mike Pence had an interview with FOX News where he was pressured to answer questions about Donald Trump’s brusque comments he’s made against President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Mr. Trump told a strident and rowdy crowd in Florida on Wednesday night.
‘He’s the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder. He founded ISIS (referring to Obama) I would say the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton.’
During an extended riff on the crisis in Crimea, Mr. Trump added extra emphasis on the president’s full name, saying that it occurred “during the administration of Barack Hussein Obama.”
In the interview with Chris Wallace, Pence couldn’t defend Trump’s comments, and the line of questioning that Wallace pursued on Fox News Sunday suggests that the reports that the Republican Party is preparing to dump Trump are credible. The tone of Fox News programming tends to follow the Republican Party.
Chris Wallace addressed Pence
‘You and he spent a day defending his remarks, saying that they were serious. Now, Trump says that he was being sarcastic. So Governor, which one is it?’
Mike Pence responded to Wallace’s question by placing the blame on Clinton and Obama claiming they were responsible for the failure of the policies they placed in the wider Middle East that created a vacuum within Iraq in which resulted in ISIS being formed.
Chris Wallace rebutted
‘Governor, those are all perfectly legitimate points to make, but that isn’t what Trump said. He said that Obama and Clinton were the most valuable players of ISIS, that they were the co-founders of ISIS. Then he said, well, I was just being sarcastic about that, just as he said he was just being sarcastic about inviting Russia to come in and release e-mails of Hillary Clinton’s.’
‘Isn’t the sarcastic excuse getting a bit old?’
Yes, Mr. Wallace it is getting old. Donald Trump has been in the Republicans’ hot seat for the past few weeks because of his belligerent and disrespectful comments. Pence wasn’t able to answer the difficult questions he was asked and Chris Wallace wasn’t going to let the Republican nominee for vice president off of the hook.
Video of the interview below:
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