VP PENCE: President Trump's statement was not a moral equivalency between Russia and the U.S. pic.twitter.com/JuOEVWkr7O
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Vice President Mike Pence is firing back at the President’s critics after comments Trump made during his halftime interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly.
Trump has been criticized for an answer he gave when O’Reilly challenged the President on his relationship with Vladimir Putin.
“Putin’s a killer,” O’Reilly said to Trump.
“There are a lot of killers,” Mr. Trump responded. “We’ve got a lot of killers. What, you think our country’s so innocent?”
Trump went on to explain that the War in Iraq was an example of an error that America has made in the recent past.
When asked about Trump’s comments, Vice President Pence insisted that his intention was not to draw a moral equivalency between Russia and the United States. Rather, Pence suggested, it was part of Trump’s efforts to court new allies in the War on Terror.
“What President Trump is trying to do is reassert American leadership on the world stage and look for renewed relationships with countries around the world including Russia,” Pence told Fox and Friends’ Brian Kilmeade. “The statements that he made were not in any way a moral equivalency between the high ideals and practices of the American people and the people of Russia. But rather what the President is seeking to do is to begin anew a relationship with the people of Russia and with their leadership to say are there ways that we can begin to work together.”