Fox News’ Harris Faulkner challenged Mike Pence for what the former President said Donald Trump is “retreating America’s role as leader of the free world.”
The confrontation came after Faulkner played a tape of Trump saying, “These people want China first, they want other countries. Ukraine first. They want all this stuff. Giving us, every time someone comes from Ukraine, they come out with $25 billion. We want to help Ukraine but, you know, Europe now is up to $25 billion and we are up to $200 billion.”
Pence began, “What I hear in the president’s voice there, and I hear in some of his imitators in the race, is a retreat from America’s role as the leader of the free world. Look-“
“Why did you say that?” a surprised Faulkner interjected. “Because that’s not his word! You said you could hear it in his voice—”
Our national interest in Ukraine, I am fully convinced that if Putin rolls into Ukraine, the day will come in the near future when he crosses the border of a NATO ally where our men and women in uniform will have to go and fight them under the NATO agreement. That’s our interest there. Not what [Joe] Biden was said about all the vague talk about democracy in the world. We need a commander-in-chief who can lead the American people to be the leader of the free world. I would do that if I were the president of the United States.
“Former President Trump is the only president in the current century who has governed our United States, and Russia has not attacked one of its neighbors,” Faulkner said and Pence agreed. “So, I don’t know why you want to deviate from what he did. I’m honestly trying to understand,” she said.
“I’m not the one deviating. I believe in peace through strength,” Pence said.
“Yes, I still – I don’t hear those words from anyone who says we want to get away.”
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