Vice-President Mike Pence has finally broken his silence after he was dubbed a national idiot for being misled by former National Security Adviser Lieutenant General Michael Flynn.
During his trip to Brussels on Monday, the vice-president fielded questions from the press alongside the NATO Secretary General.
Pence was asked point blank whether or not he felt the Trump administration misled him in regards to Flynn’s communications with the Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.
The Associated Press’ Ken Thomas pressed Pence:
‘Do you feel like your were misled by members of the Trump administration or were you frustrated that you were left out of the loop on this situation, and what assurances have you received from President Trump that something like this will not happen again?’
Treading carefully, Pence responded, admitting he was “disappointed” in Flynn’s lie:
‘Let me say I’m very grateful for the close working relationship I have with the president of the United States and I would tell you that I was disappointed to learn that the facts that have been conveyed to me by General Flynn were inaccurate.’
Flynn was asked to resign from his position as National Security Adviser following the media’s discovery that he’d discussed U.S. diplomacy as a private citizen.
Regarding Flynn’s resignation, Pence seemingly tried to sweep what, to date, is likely the biggest blunder the young presidential administration has seen:
‘We honor General Flynn’s long service to the United States of America, and I fully support the president’s decision to ask for his resignation…I have great confidence in the national security team of this administration moving forward.’
Pence visited Brussels to pledge the United States’ support in working with the European Union. His comments were a clear deviation from President Trump’s, who previously proclaimed his enthusiasm for the Brexit vote.
As Pence met with the head of the European council, Donald Tusk, he told reporters:
‘It is my privilege on behalf of President Trump to express the strong commitment of the United States to continued cooperation and partnership with the European Union. Whatever our differences, our two continents share the same heritage, the same values and above all the same purpose, to promote peace and prosperity through freedom, democracy and the rule of law, and to those objectives we will remain committed.’
Watch Pence’s remarks below, via YouTube:
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