Todd Grills Pence on Trump’s Russia Comments: ‘Why Can’t He Say a Negative Thing’ About Putin?

Vice President Mike Pence had an interview today on Meet The Press, where he faced questions from Chuck Todd about President Trump‘s latest defensive remarks about Vladimir Putin.

Fox’s Bill O’Reilly called the Russian president a “killer” during a conversation with Trump, and Trump responded by saying “we’ve got a lot of killers. What, do you think our country’s so innocent?” The comments have attracted major media intrigue, and Todd asked Pence “is there a moral equivalency” to put America on the same standard as Russia.

Pence said there was no equivalency, and he argued that Trump wants to find common interest with Russia in order to work towards mutual goals. When Pence denied that Trump seemed to suggest that American leaders have done the same things Putin has in his regime, Todd pressed on and asked “why can’t [Trump] say a negative thing about Vladimir Putin?”

Pence reiterated his argument that Trump wants to have a constructive relationship with Putin and other world leaders. As he went on, Todd asked Pence again if he was comfortable with the moral equivalency Trump expressed in his interview.

You can see how Pence responded in the video above (start at 8:00), via NBC.

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