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Pence Dismisses Charge That Putin Manipulated Trump

“Standing up to Russian aggression is going to be really different under a Trump Pence administration,” Pence said



    Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence on Friday dismissed the charge that Russian leader Vladimir Putin manipulated Donald Trump by complimenting him. 

    Pence was responding to former CIA director Michael Morell, who said in a New York Times editorial that Trump's policy positions are aligned with Russian rather than American interests. Morell also said Putin recruited Trump as an "unwitting agent of the Russian Federation."

    "Standing up to Russian aggression is going to be really different under a Trump-Pence administration," Pence said on NBC's "Today" show. "Whether it be Putin or whether it be literally the dissolving of the map in the wider Middle East... the truth of history that weakness arouses evil is on full display in this administration."

    When asked about Trump's handling of criticism by the parents of a slain Muslim-American soldier, Pence said Trump "has a heart for our soldiers." He added that despite Trump's sliding poll numbers, veterans continue to appear at the candidate’s rallies. 

    Trump Will Honor Election Results 'If I Win'

    [NATL] Trump Will Honor Presidential Election Results 'If I Win'
    Speaking at a rally in Ohio on Oct. 20, 2016, Donald Trump said that he would accept the presidential election results if they were in his favor. "I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters and to all the people of the United Staes that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election -- if I win,” Donald Trump said, emphasizing the last three words by pointing into the crowd. The rally was held the day following the final debate, during which the issue of whether he would accept the election results came up. At the debate, he said he would have to wait and see what the results were. (Published Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016)

    "The only poll that really matters is on election day," Pence said.