Trump’s Vice President Mike Pence calls Putin a “small and bullying” leader and states that the US “should be prepared to use military force.”
While new US President Donald Trump opposes the war in Iraq, has no objection to a collapse of the North Atlantic Alliance and expresses his respect for Russian President Vladimir Putin, the main candidate for vice president of the new US administration, Mike Pence, attacks Putin as a “small and bullying” leader and states that the US “should be prepared to use military force.”
Trump’s Vice President Mike Pence (Photo: AP)
“The small and bullying leader of Russia is not dictating terms to the United States,” Pence said during the debate on October 4. “We have got to be able to lean into this with strong, broad-shouldered American leadership.”
“The provocations by Russia need to be met with American strength,” he added. “The United States of America should be prepared to use military force to strike military targets of the Assad regime.”
“We are going to rebuild our military. This whole Putin thing, look, America is stronger than Russia. Our economy is 16 times larger than the Russian economy. Our political system is superior to the crony corrupt capitalis system in Russia it every way,” Pence said, answering the question about a reason of Republicans’ confidence in the fact that Putin will respect a Trump-Pence administration, while he has no respect for Hillary Clinton and no respect for Obama. “When Donald Trump and I observed, as I said, in Syria and Iran and Ukraine that the small and bullying leader of Russia has been stronger on the world stage than this administration, that is stating painful facts,” he added.
So, it looks like the future US vice president, Pence has an opinion ‘a bit opposite’ to Trump statements. How will the new US administration solve this issue and how will campaign rhetoric of Trump match his actions – this is a big question.