During an interview aired on Fox News Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence said that “President Trump has made it very clear that Russia’s destabilizing activities and support for rogue regimes and its activities in Ukraine are unacceptable” and promised “a very different behavior from the Russian government.”
Pence’s comments came during his trip to smooth over relationships with NATO allies in Eastern Europe. “The president made it clear that very soon he will sign sanctions from the Congress to reinforce that,” Pence told Fox News.
“But at the same time as we make our intentions clear that we expect Russian behavior to change, the president and I remain very hopeful that we’ll see very different behavior from the Russian government,” he continued.
Pence’s remarks quickly backfired as the Kremlin announced that 755 US diplomats must leave Russia.
According to a report by Reuters, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday that 755 U.S. diplomats are being expelled from Russia in response to the new law passed in Congress that expanded sanctions.
Pence also claimed that Trump’s “America First” policy doesn’t mean that America is going at it alone. He swore the U.S. fully intends to maintain its relationships and commitments to allies.
Watch the full interview below:
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