I’ve been on record that I didn’t know how to view Vice President Mike Pence and some times just when I think he’s not on my list of hopefuls after the Trump presidency, he does something like this:
Lest you had any doubt that Pence supports Trump's views… https://t.co/6wFI5452fb
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) August 16, 2017
Vice President Mike Pence says he spoke with Trump about Charlottesville: "I stand with the president and I stand by those words." pic.twitter.com/9qXWpseEx6
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) August 16, 2017
Source: The Hill
“What happened in Charlottesville was a tragedy, and the president has been clear on this tragedy and so have I,” Pence told reporters on Wednesday. “I spoke at length about this heartbreaking situation on Sunday night in Colombia, and I stand with the president and I stand by those words.”
Pence was responding to a reporter’s question about Trump’s remarks on Charlottesville, where white nationalists held a rally and were met by counterprotesters. The reporter also asked Pence about Trump’s claim that there were “fine people” on both sides.
Pence added that his family is praying for Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman who was killed in Charlottesville, and for the country.
Pence spoke to reporters from Chile, the latest stop on a South American trip. The vice president, though, is cutting short the trip and is returning to the U.S. ahead of schedule on Thursday.
Trump was widely criticized by both Democrats and Republicans on Tuesday after he doubled down on his assertion that white nationalists and counterprotesters were both to blame for the violence at the rally, which was held to protest the removal of a Confederate statue.
— POLITICO (@politico) August 16, 2017
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