If you’ve been watching cable news lately, you might have seen several former Trump-Pence administration officials find the audacity to use Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked war to attack President Biden.
But here’s the reality: Mike Pence, Nikki Haley, and Mike Pompeo stood and defended Donald Trump for years as he sold out our allies and did everything in his power to appease Vladimir Putin. And yes, we brought the receipts.
As vice president, Mike Pence spent four years defending Donald Trump as he cozied up to Putin, sold out our allies, undermined U.S. intelligence agencies, and threatened to withhold military aid from Ukraine.
CNN: “Pence defends Trump over Ukraine call, contradicting his 2016 comments on foreign interference”
ABC News: “Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday offered a full-throated defense of President Donald Trump against the Democrats’ new impeachment inquiry, attempting to justify the president’s push to investigate Vice President Joe Biden and his son’s relationship with Ukraine as ‘worth looking into.’”
USA Today: “Vice President Mike Pence may be ‘purposefully misleading’ Congress about a September conversation between Pence and Ukraine’s president, the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee told Pence Tuesday.”
BBC News: “US President Donald Trump has defended Russia over claims of interference in the 2016 presidential election … Vice-President Mike Pence, in a speech at the US Department of Commerce, defended the summit and praised President Trump.”
Like Mike Pence, Nikki Haley also offered a full-throated defense of the defeated former president’s attempt to withhold aid from Ukraine to further his own political goals.
Politico: “In a round of interviews in recent days, Haley consistently defended the president, calling impeachment ‘the most serious thing you can do to a president,’ and maintaining that Trump said nothing inappropriate in a call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which the president pushed for an investigation into political opponent Joe Biden.”
NBC News: “Haley contended that it was appropriate for Trump to ask Ukraine to probe ‘corruption.’”
And how could we forget Mike Pompeo, who openly praised Putin as “savvy” and “talented,” and who dutifully followed Donald Trump’s lead to sell out Ukraine, and used the Department of State to peddle debunked conspiracy theories pushed by Russia?
Newsweek: “Trump’s former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has also repeatedly praised Putin in the runup to the invasion. His praise has even been rebroadcast on Russian television.”
Washington Post: “But there is no indication that Pompeo objected when Trump withheld all of the assistance while Trump’s personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani — and the president himself — pressed the government of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son.”
New York Times: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has for months deflected questions about whether the Trump administration demanded political favors from Ukraine in exchange for military aid. He has refused to explain why he recalled the American ambassador, declared that it was ‘inappropriate’ for his diplomats to testify before Congress and declined to hand over documents to impeachment investigators.”
Reuters: “Pompeo suggests debunked Ukraine election meddling theory should be probed”
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