Vice President Mike Pence responded with a cold stare when CNN’s Dana Bash suggested Tuesday the safety of the American people could be compromised by North Korea with the Trump administration at the helm.
“You know this is real for you,” Bash began. “You know that there are estimates that North Korea could have a missile ready that could hit the continental U.S., Seattle, by 2020, which is going to be on your watch.”
Pence appeared agitated by the implication of the question: the Trump administration would be at fault. He did not answer, but simply looked sternly at her.
After an awkward silence, Bash asked the question another way.
“I mean, is that weighing on you? Is that a deadline that you have in mind?” she queried.
“The president has no higher priority than the safety and the security of the American people,” Pence said. “The presence of U.S. forces here in South Korea. Our longstanding commitment to the Asian Pacific and ensuring the security of the continental United States will remain the priority of this administration.”
The vice president spoke with firm resolve to sailors and Marines aboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier off the coast of Japan Wednesday.
“The United States will always seek peace, but under President Trump, the shield stands guard and the sword stands ready,” he said.
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“History will attest, the soldier does not bear the sword in vain,” Pence said. “And those who would challenge our resolve or our readiness should know, we will defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with and overwhelming and effective American response.”
Pence said countries should not try to provoke the U.S. and its allies into action.
“Enemies of our freedom and this alliance would do well not to test the resolve of this president or the capabilities of the armed forces of the United States of America and our allies,” Pence said.