Pence Backs Up Trump: Putin Is A ‘Stronger Leader’ Than Obama

|
September 9, 2016 7:42 a.m.

Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence on Thursday defended Donald Trump’s most recent comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin, telling CNN that Putin is a “stronger leader” than President Obama.

Pence said that Trump was speaking “boldly” on Wednesday when he said that Putin is a leader “far more than our president has been a leader.”

“I think it’s inarguable that Vladimir Putin has been a stronger leader in his country than Barack Obama has been in this country. And that’s going to change the day that Donald Trump becomes president,” Pence told CNN.

Pence said that with his praise for Putin, Trump was not trying to praise dictatorship.

“Donald Trump said last night he doesn’t particularly like the system,” Pence told CNN.

Pence also defended his running mate’s Wednesday remark that military generals have been “reduced to rubble” under President Obama.

“I think he was talking about the commander in chief reducing the influence of generals to rubble,” the Indiana governor told CNN.

Introducing
The TPM Journalism Fund: A New Way To Support TPM
We're launching the TPM Journalism Fund as an additional way for readers and members to support TPM. Every dollar contributed goes toward:
  • -Hiring More Journalists
  • -Providing free memberships to those who cannot afford them
  • -Supporting independent, non-corporate journalism
Are you experiencing financial hardship?
Apply for a free community-supported membership
Comments
advertisement
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Senior Editor:
Special Projects Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Publishing Associate:
Front-End Developer:
Senior Designer:
SPECIAL DEAL FOR PAST TPM MEMBERS
40% OFF AN ANNUAL PRIME MEMBERSHIP
REJOIN FOR JUST $30