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Pence, on ‘The Ingraham Angle,’ Pushes Back on Democrats’ Impeachment Fury

Vice president also spoke of his fervent hopes for 'a permanent ceasefire' in northern Syria — and he was right, as that's just been announced

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In an in-depth interview on Tuesday night with host Laura Ingraham on “The Ingraham Angle,” Vice President Mike Pence touched on a wide range of topics both domestic and international.

Regarding the situation with the Kurds in northern Syria, he commented, “We hope that literally before the day is out tomorrow, that we’ll be moving into a permanent ceasefire.”

And he was right — as Trump has just announced a permanent ceasefire.

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Pence also acknowledged that there has been GOP criticism of the redeployment of U.S. troops in the area, most notably from consistent presidential detractor Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah).

Pence said Romney’s statement that it was “too late” to impact the situation and other criticisms of the president on this issue were “quite beyond me” — and that the senator’s take on this was “disappointing.”

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On the USMCA — the trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada to replace NAFTA — Pence put the blame for the delay in implementation squarely on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), noting, “It’s been sitting on her desk.”

What he did not mention is that Pelosi doesn’t want to give the Trump administration an economic victory, regardless of the potential positive consequences for working Americans — she knows it would play well in the battleground states the Democrats need to recapture to beat President Donald Trump.

Pence touched on deep-state power at the State Department when Ingraham asked him about the number of diplomats willing to break protocol and tradition — and march up to Capitol Hill to publicly criticize the president.

This is in direct contravention of an order by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: “There’s no question that when President Trump said we’re going to drain the swamp, that an awful lot of the swamp has been caught up in the State Department bureaucracy.”

And on the large elephant in the room — impeachment — Pence vigorously defended the president and added, “We’re going to be out there telling the truth about this president’s record, and we’re going to be telling the truth about this partisan impeachment.”

Mike Pence has a reputation in his home state of Indiana and in D.C. as a straight shooter and an upfront guy.

He’s not naïve or gullible, however. Unlike most of elected Washington, he tries to do what is right on a regular basis.

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That context makes this interview interesting.

While other veeps would be sending out half-signals and trimming their sails, knowing that impeachment could go a long way to putting them in the big chair, Pence is firmly loyal to Trump — the man and his office.

He doesn’t seem to have the local malady of “Potomac fever,” which would be the unbridled and overweening need to be president.

That would make him a rarity in the nation’s capital — and is yet another reason he is taken at his word.

Pence’s strong presence and his thoughtful comments last night were proof he will be a valuable asset to the president and the country in the tumultuous days ahead.

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David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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