Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday was asked if he believed White House chief of staff John Kelly had been completely honest about his role in former staff secretary Rob Porter’s firing.
While speaking at a forum sponsored by Axios, a reporter asked Pence if he was “100 percent confident that General Kelly has been fully honest and transparent in his explanation” of Porter’s departure.
Pence paused briefly and then launched into a non-sequitur praising Kelly for his past military service and his work as chief of staff.
“There are very few Americans or American families that have served this nation more honorably or sacrificed more for this country than the family of General John Kelly,” he said. “John Kelly’s service in uniform, his distinguished service at our department of homeland security where we saw a dramatic reduction of illegal crossings at our southern border, and his distinguished service as chief of staff, gives me and the president great confidence in this good man.”
Pence also said that he believed that the White House could have handled the situation better, while also emphasizing that the Trump administration has no tolerance for men who beat their spouses.
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