Chris Wallace of Fox News took the even slimier Vice President-elect Mike Pence to task on Sunday morning over Trump’s alleged connections to Russia.
Wallace began by pressing Pence over Trump’s dismissal of the entire intelligence community as somehow out to get him by taking the allegations that he’s in cahoots with Russia seriously.
Pence wouldn’t answer about Trump’s dismissal of the intelligence community as illegitimate, instead pivoting to an attack on news organizations for reporting the true story that U.S. intelligence is, in fact, looking into the just-mentioned allegations.
Wallace went on to press Pence more directly over the president-elect’s relationship to Russia. The Fox News host brought up the recent statement that Trump offered in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that he is, in fact, prepared to “dramatically” alter the United States’s relationship with Russia, including through such measures as lifting sanctions against the former Soviet nation that are currently in place.
Wallace, seeking to probe how much of the proposed policy shift might be based in actual shifts in U.S.-Russia relations and how much of it might be based in bias in favor of Russia on Trump’s part, asked Pence how soon after inauguration Trump would consider lifting sanctions against Russia.
Pence didn’t answer that either. Instead, he said, “I think the president-elect has made it very clear that we have a terrible relationship with Russia right now… it really is a failure of American diplomacy.”
Wallace was not fazed by Pence’s deflective answers. Instead, the Fox News host continued, asking, “Can you flatly deny that there were any contacts at any point during the campaign between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russian operatives?”
Pence tried to deflect the question, rambling on that “some of this derives from the opposition research memo that made its way around the internet.”
Wallace tried again, saying, “Was there any contact in any way between Trump and his associates and the Kremlin?”
And, for the second time, Pence deflected the question, rambling on this time about how the only contacts the Trump campaign ever made was with the American people… blah blah blah.
Wallace pressed him again, saying, “I just want to get an answer.”
At that time, Pence finally answered, claiming of the allegations, “Of course not… This is all a distraction and it’s all part of a narrative to delegitimize the election and to question the legitimacy of this presidency.”
Watch Pence’s appearance on Fox News below.
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