Vice President Mike Pence responded to the now infamous New York Times op-ed authored by an anonymous Trump administration official during an interview with Fox News host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”
Pence called the atmosphere described in both the op-ed (and the recently-published Bob Woodward book “Fear: Trump In The White House“) as “absolutely absurd,” saying, “I have to be honest with you, Chris. Sometimes I watch a little bit of TV in the morning and then I go to the White House and I feel like I’m in a parallel universe. I walk into a White House where there is a president behind the desk, he is in command. He is constantly driving forward on delivering on the promises that we made to the American people and then I go home at night and I see cable TV talking about all of this stuff about disarray in the White House and it’s just not my experience.”
Responding to President Trump’s calls for the Justice Department to investigate the identity of the anonymous author, Pence said that he has no idea who it might be. “I don’t know but I do know that they should resign and leave this administration,” he said.
When Wallace asked whether all administration officials should be required to take a lie-detector test in order to weed out the person responsible, Pence answered only for himself. “I would agree to take it in a heartbeat and submit to any review the administration wanted to do.”
He went on to claim that the author, in continuing to work against the agenda of a duly-elected president, was violating the oath they took to uphold the Constitution.
“It’s un-American,” he said, “and I think that’s why you see both Republicans and Democrats condemn this. The American people vote for president. They fully expect the president to be able to surround themselves with men and women who will work with them in advancing their agenda. But to have someone who literally celebrates coming in every day to frustrate the agenda that the president and I were elected to advance, it really is an assault on our democracy and it should be universally condemned.”
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