Vice President Mike Pence is defending President Trump’s decision to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House.
In a one-on-one interview, Vice President Mike Pence told 7News President Trump’s decision to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the second summit in Washington is about promoting peace.
“President Trump is absolutely determined to see if we could improve our relationship with Russia,” the Vice President said.
The vice president said the world’s two biggest nuclear powers need to be talking to each other. Many in Congress have said the President has been too soft on Putin and Russia, but the Vice President disagrees.
“We’ll be very clear, we won’t tolerate a malign influence by Russia,” he said.
This weekend the Vice President is traveling to Tennessee and Georgia. Two states where farmers and manufacturers are already losing money and jobs because of the President’s trade battles with China and our allies in Europe, Canada, and Mexico.
We asked, is the White House going to be able to stay on this path, or are you guys looking to change course, Vice President Pence said, “We have every confidence in the days ahead, that we’ll be able to make real progress, whether it be in NAFTA that’s make significant progress in recent months, or re-negotiating our trade relationship with the EU. Our message to people across the country is, be confident.”
On America’s immigration battles, The Vice President said it’s up to Congress to act, but he hints the President intends to put the pressure on lawmakers this fall.
“There will be another round of spending bills, I can assure you the President is going to continue to fight,” the Vice President said.
The Vice President will be spending the next several weeks on the road, in an effort to promote the President’s accomplishments and agenda to voters ahead of the midterm elections.