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‘President Pence’ is sounding better and better

12 161 2069

President Trump, on his recent European trip, literally shoved aside Prime Minister Dusko Markovic of Montenegro in order to get to the front of a group of leaders. On Monday, Vice President Pence hosted the shoving victim at the White House, then praised Markovic publicly.

“I had the privilege of welcoming the prime minister to the White House today,” Pence said at an Atlantic Council dinner. “I was very humbled to be able to share a few moments with him on the very day that Montenegro became a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.”

On that same European trip, Trump surprised his own aides and unsettled allies when he refused to affirm NATO’s collective-defense obligations. On Monday night, Pence expressed his “unwavering” support: “The United States is resolved, as we were at NATO’s founding and in every hour since, to live by that principle that an attack on one of us is an attack on us all.”

John Nance Garner, one of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s vice presidents, famously compared the office to “a bucket of warm piss.” For Pence, the vice presidency is a bucket of Clorox and a mop.

Tuesday morning found the vice president doing what he does frequently these days: cleaning up Trump’s messes. Pence, speaking at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, offered a soothing contrast to Trump’s recent outbursts.


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