VP Mike Pence on Putin Summit: Trump’s Putting ‘Prosperity and Security of America First’


The way Mike Pence sees it, the summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin today literally couldn’t have gone any better than it did.

The president set off a firestorm on Monday at his summit with the Russian leader, by casting doubt on U.S. intelligence findings about Russia’s election-meddling, drawing a moral equivalence between the countries, and saying America is at fault for why diplomatic ties with Russia are so bad. The Vice President reacted to all of this today by saluting Trump for his “deeply productive” dialogue and his use of “diplomacy and engagement”

“Disagreements between our countries were discussed at length,” Pence said, “but what the world saw, what the American people saw, is that Pres. Donald Trump will always put the prosperity and security of America first.”

As you might’ve expected, not everyone shares Pence’s rosy-tinted view of how things went today. Trump’s performance is being torn apart by media critics, intelligence figures, and politicians on both sides. Therefore, some people are responding to Pence by collectively shaking their heads.

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