Pence calls out ‘assume the worst media’ amid whistleblower fallout


♪ ♪>>Sean: JUST SAT DOWN WITH VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE IN NEW YORK TO DISCUSS ALL THE CONTROVERSY WITH THE SO-CALLED WHISTLE-BLOWER. WE TALKED A LOT ABOUT IT. ALSO ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP. HERE’S WHAT HE HAD TO SAY.>>Vice President Pence: I>>Vice President Pence: E>>Vice President Pence: L>>Vice President Pence: T>>Vice President Pence: S>>Vice President Pence: F>>Vice President Pence: L>>Vice President Pence: H>>Vice President Pence: S>>Vice President Pence: U>>Vice President Pence: R>>Vice President Pence: I>>Vice President Pence: E THING. IT’S LIKE MANNA FROM HEAVEN. WE ARE NOW DISCOVERING THE WHISTLE-BLOWER, IT WAS NOT FIRST-HAND KNOWLEDGE. EVEN THE MEDIA IS NOW REPORTING IN SOME PLACES THAT THERE WAS NO QUID PRO QUO. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US?>>Vice President Pence: HERE WE GO AGAIN. THE WORST MEDIA. TAKES ONE REPORT, RUNS WITH IT. DEMOCRATS ON CAPITOL HILL IMMEDIATELY START TO DENOUNCE THE PRESIDENT BEFORE ANYBODY HAS THE FACTS. BUT THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN VERY CLEAR ON THIS. HE MADE A CONGRATULATORY CALL TO PRESIDENT ZELINSKI, WHICH WAS A LANDSLIDE ELECTION. THE PRESIDENT SPOKE TO HIM ABOUT OUR CONCERN, INVESTING HUNDREDS AND MILLIONS OF AMERICAN DOLLARS. PRESIDENT TRUMP MADE IT CLEAR THAT WE’VE GOT TO SEE REFORMS. WE’VE GOT TO SEE HONESTY IN GOVERNMENT. HIS CONGRATULATORY CALL WAS ALL ABOUT THAT. HE MENTIONED VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN AND HIS SON AND THE CONTEXT OF US WANTING TO SEE HONEST GOVERNMENT. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER WOULD EXPECT. SEE WHEN HERE YOU HAVE, VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN BRAGGING ON TAPE, “YOU ARE NOT GETTING $1 MILLION. YOU EITHER FIRE THE PROSECUTOR. WHY WOULD THE VICE PRESIDENT WANT TO FIRE HIM? WHY WOULD A VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AMERICA WANT A UKRAINIAN PROSECUTOR FIRED? WHAT CONCEIVABLE REASON WOULD THAT BE?>>Vice President Pence: IT’S REALLY REMARKABLE. EVERYTHING THAT THE MEDIA WANTS TO ASSUME OF HOW THE PRESIDENT’S PHONE CALL IN JULY WENT. HE ADMITTED TO, ON CAMERA, IN JANUARY 2018, HE SAID THAT WHEN HE WAS VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, HE HAD A QUID PRO QUO. HE HE SAID TO UKRAINIAN OFFICIA HE HE SAID TO UKRAINIAN OFFICIS HE HE SAID TO UKRAINIAN OFFICI, YOU WILL NOT GET AMERICAN AID UNLESS YOU FIRE A PROSECUTOR.>>Sean: HE’S MAKING A LOT OF MONEY. APPARENTLY WITH NO BACKGROUND.>>Vice President Pence: OF THE PEOPLE DESERVE TO KNOW. TO HAVE A VICE PRESIDENT THREATENING, THAT’S THE QUID PRO QUO. AS THE PRESIDENT SAID IN HIS CONVERSATION THAT EVERYONE IS VERY INTERESTED IN NOW, HIS CONVERSATION WITH PRESIDENT ZELINSKI, THAT HE SPOKE ABOUT CONGRATULATIONS. HE SPOKE ABOUT OUR SUPPORT FOR THE UKRAINE. HE SPOKE ABOUT OUR CONCERN ABOUT CORRUPTION. BUT THERE WAS NO QUID PRO QUO. IF PEOPLE WANT TO SEE A QUID PRO QUO, THEY JUST WANT TO SEE THE TAPE OF PRESIDENT BIDEN. OVER $1 BILLION.>>Sean: I WOULD SAY BLACKMAIL. AM I WRONG ON THAT?>>Vice President Pence: SEAN, I CAN TELL YOU, THIS IS A COUNTRY THAT WAS OVERRUN BY RUSSIA. IT’S A COUNTRY THAT IS STILL AT WAR. THEY STILL HAVE, WE BELIEVE, RUSSIAN ELEMENTS THERE. THEY ARE TRYING TO LITERALLY TEAR THE UKRAINE APART. FOR VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN, WHO REFUSED TO GIVE MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE, TO THREATEN WHAT REMAINED OF THAT AID UNLESS THEY RESPONDED TO HIS DEMANDS ABOUT FIRING A PROSECUTOR, WHO AMONG OTHER THINGS WAS INVESTIGATING THE COMPANY HIS SON SERVED ON THE BOARD OF, LOOK, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE JUST DESERVE TO KNOW THE FACTS. WHAT THEY CAN BE CONFIDENT OF IS THAT THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS THAT ALL OF OUR ADMINISTRATION, THE PRESIDENT’S CONVERSATION, WERE ALL BASED UPON PROPER CONSIDERATIONS OF HOW WE SUPPORT UKRAINE, HOW WE SUPPORT THEIR EFFORTS TO END AN ERA OF CORRUPTION IN THEIR GOVERNMENT AND ADVANCE THE INTEREST OF THEIR SOVEREIGNTY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED IN 2016 AND HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES WERE AROUND HAVING A SITTING VICE PRESIDENT THREATEN TO WITHHOLD AMERICAN AID. LOOK, AGAIN, THE IRONIC THING IS THAT EVERYTHING THAT OUR CRITICS IN THE MEDIA ARE LEVELING AT THIS PRESIDENT FROM THIS PHONE CALL. EVERYTHING THE DEMOCRATS ON CAPITOL HILL ARE RUNNING OFF AND DESCRIBING COME OF PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN BRAGGED ABOUT, WHICH IS LIQUID PRO QUOTE ABOUT, WHICH IS LIQUID PRO QUOT.>>Sean: WOULDN’T HELP THE PRESIDENT TO RELEASE A TRANSCRIPT?>>Vice President Pence: THAT WOULD BE A DECISION FOR THE PRESIDENT TO MAKE. CONVERSATIONS WITH LEADERS AROUND THE WORLD THAT ARE CANDID, THAT ARE OPEN. FOR LEADERS TO BE CONCERNED IN THE FUTURE THAT A CONVERSATION THAT THE PRESIDENT MIGHT MAKE ITS WAY INTO THE PUBLIC, WOULD UNDERMINE THE ABILITY OF THE PRESIDENT TO HAVE THOSE DISCUSSIONS IN THE FUTURE. SO ANOTHER PRESIDENT WOULD LIKE TO DO IT. I KNOW HE’S LOOKING AT ALL THE CIRCUMSTANCES. BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN BE CONFIDENT THAT THE PRESIDENT

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