Don’t read anything into President Trump’s countless compliments of WikiLeaks during the 2016 election, Vice President Mike Pence told CNN in an interview Friday.
Trump mentioning WikiLeaks dozens of times in the final month of the 2016 election doesn’t mean Trump “endorsed” the group’s activities, according to Pence.
“The President, when he was a candidate, welcomed seeing WikiLeaks and the information they got from Hillary Clinton. Has that changed?” CNN’s Dana Bash asked Pence.
“Well I think the President always, as you in the media do, always welcomes information. But that was in no way an endorsement,” Pence said.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London Thursday. The U.S. charged Assange with one count of trying to hack a classified U.S. government computer. Prosecutors are seeking to extradite Assange to the U.S.
Watch Pence’s comments:
Pence: Trump saying he loves WikiLeaks over and over again wasn't an "endorsement" of the group pic.twitter.com/kZYzoH0TOA
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