Mike Pence Says ‘ISIS Has Been Defeated’ Hours After Deadly Bombing Kills American Troops
Just hours after ISIS took credit for a suicide bombing that reportedly killed multiple U.S. servicemembers in Syria, Vice President Mike Pence told a crowd that “ISIS has been defeated,” and made no mention of the attack.
Speaking at the Global Chiefs of Mission Conference on Wednesday morning, Pence told the crowd that “Thanks to the leadership of this Commander-in-Chief,and the courage and sacrifice of our armed, forces we’re now actually able to begin to hand off the fight against ISIS in Syria.”
As the crowd cheered, Pence declared “We are bringing our troops home. The caliphate has crumbled and ISIS has been defeated!”
Hours earlier, CNN had aired footage of a suicide attack in Manbij, a U.S.-patrolled city in Syria, an attack which claimed the lives of an as-yet-undetermined number of American troops, and for which ISIS has claimed responsibility.
Pence made no mention of the attack in his speech. Thus far, the only comment from the White House has been a statement from Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, which said that “The President has been fully briefed and we will continue to monitor the ongoing situation in Syria. For any specific questions please contact the Department of Defense.”
Watch the clip above, via the State Department.
UPDATE – 2:34 p.m. ET: The White House and the vice president have both released statements offering sympathies to the service members who died from the explosion.
White House puts out this statement responding to the deaths and injuries of US service members in Syria. pic.twitter.com/j4mebw2kGL
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) January 16, 2019
My statement on the terrorist attack in Syria: pic.twitter.com/McEhKyT2gc
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) January 16, 2019
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