On Sunday’s Meet The Press Vice President Mike Pence sat down with host Chuck Todd, who questioned Trump’s constant praise of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
President Donald Trump has praised Russia’s dictator on several occasions over the years and now that he’s managed to weasel his way into the White House, he continues to bask in awe of Vladimir Putin at every given opportunity.
Bill O’Reilly, of Fox News, rightfully referred to Vladimir Putin as a killer while speaking to Trump and the president responded:
‘We’ve got a lot of killers. What, do you think our country’s so innocent?’
The Twitter-loving leader of the free world’s comments have attracted quite the media intrigue. After watching a clip from the interview host of Meet The Press, Chuck Todd, asked Vice President Pence:
‘Is there a moral equivalency there? What was that?’
‘Not in the least.’
The former Indiana governor then launched into a deflective response that wasn’t nearly as defensive as adviser Kellyanne Conway or White house press secretary Sean Spicer, but still an obvious attempt to distract from the things Trump said, out loud, on camera, in an effort to explain what he “means.” The focus instead was shifted to the fact that, Pence insists, Trump is simply trying to find common interests with Russia so that we can move forward as allies.
The vice president disagreed with the notion that perhaps President Trump was suggesting that Putin and the way he operates his regime are similar to American leaders, after sharing instances in which Vladimir Putin has participated in mass killings.
Todd soldiered on, asking:
‘Why can’t Trump say a negative thing about Vladimir Putin?’
Pence then clearly struggled with his words before responding, and deflecting even more:
‘Well, he has expressed himself in the campaign, an election that he won, that he was determined to go forward, and see whether or not we might be able to start anew in a relationship with Russia.
‘I mean, the president has said many times, if we got along better with Russia that would be a good thing for the world. If were able to work with Russia to hunt and destroy ISIS and radical Islamic terrorism, that would be a good thing.’
One thing is for certain, you can count on Conway, Spicer, and Pence to never be straight forward or simply speak the truth when it comes to Donald Trump.
You can watch the interview in the video below:
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