Payback? Donald Trump Disses Running Mate Mike Pence on Debate Stage
Donald Trump hinted at strife with running mate Mike Pence during the second presidential debate Sunday evening.
On the debate stage in St. Louis, Trump said that he disagreed with the Indiana governor on how to deal with the crisis in Syria.
“He and I haven’t spoken and I disagree,” he said.
This was only the most recent point of contention between the two running mates.
Pence did not always defend Trump during last week’s vice presidential debate, and disagreed with him on several issues.
The governor then appeared to distance himself from his running mate after a video surfaced of Trump making lewd comments about women to Billy Bush.
“As a husband and father, I was offended by the words and actions described by Donald Trump in the eleven-year-old video released yesterday,” Pence said in a written statement. “I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them. I am grateful that he has expressed remorse and apologized to the American people. We pray for his family and look forward to the opportunity he has to show what is in his heart when he goes before the nation tomorrow night.”
— Mike Pence (@mike_pence) October 10, 2016
Despite the buzz about the apparent distance between the two, the Trump campaign had already released on Saturday, a full schedule of campaigning for Pence this coming week. And on Sunday night, Pence himself had the last word via Twitter.
“Congrats to my running mate @realDonaldTrump on a big debate win! Proud to stand with you as we #MAGA.”