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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of State has issued a statement saying that Former Vice President Mike Pence is set to warn Republicans that “there is no space in our party for apologists for Putin” during a meeting with the party’s top contributors scheduled for later this month in Washington.
According to excerpts from a speech Pence will deliver Friday evening, Pence will focus his remarks on members of the Republican Party. The latter has failed to call Russian President Vladimir Putin to account for his horrific attack on Ukraine. Aside from that, the excerpts suggest Pence would encourage the party to move on from the 2020 presidential contest.
“Would Russian tanks still be on the battlefield today if NATO had not widened the bounds of freedom?” The vice president will declare, “There is no space in our party for apologists for Putin.” “Only advocates of freedom have a place in this world.”
His remarks strongly contrast those made by former President Donald Trump only a few days earlier. On the same day that Russia started its military campaign against Ukraine, Trump praised Putin as “clever” and “wise.” Although Trump is not explicitly mentioned in the extracts, Pence’s statements are directed at the former president’s apparent appreciation for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump’s baseless charges of election fraud.
Pence will also make a passing reference to a potential presidential bid in 2024.
“Elections are about the future,” Vice President Mike Pence will declare. “Members of the Republican Party, we can only win if we come together behind an optimistic vision for the future that is founded on our best ideals. By refighting old wars or re-litigating old disputes, we will not be victorious.”
Given that Trump has not ruled out competing for reelection, Pence’s future presidential candidacy might pit him against the president himself. Pence has refuted President Donald Trump’s allegations that he could have tipped the election’s outcome in his favor in the 2020 election. So far, both President Trump and Vice President Pence have blamed President Joe Biden for the Russian-Ukraine conflict.
According to excerpts, Pence will suggest in his address on Friday that Russia’s decision to invade Ukraine in 2022 was not a coincidence. “Weakness breeds evil and the extent of evil that has swept over Ukraine speaks volumes about this administration,” says the author.