Pence’s 2020 off to the Same Rocky Start as His 2019
January 10, 2020
Pence kicked off 2019 by repeating a debunked White House talking point that a southern border wall would stop terrorists, praising Trump’s calm demeanor while he handed out candy at a White House meeting, and declaring “ISIS is defeated” hours after an attack on Americans in Syria. This year hasn’t been much better. See for yourself:
January 3, 2020: Pence falsely linked Soleimani to the 9/11 terrorists.
Pence: “Soleimani… [a]ssisted in the clandestine travel to Afghanistan of 10 of the 12 terrorists who carried out the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.”
PolitiFact: “Mike Pence lacks evidence in claiming Soleimani helped 9/11 terrorists… we rate his statement False”
Associated Press: “AP FACT CHECK: Pence misleadingly links Iran general to 9/11”
January 5, 2020: Pence swore Kelly Loeffler into the US Senate, and she was promptly seated on a committee that regulates her husband’s company.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Vice President Pence will swear Kelly Loeffler into the Senate on Monday”
CNBC: “After becoming a U.S. senator this week, Kelly Loeffler won assignment to a committee that oversees the agency in charge of regulating her husband’s business, setting the grounds for a potential conflict of interest. Loeffler’s husband, Jeffrey Sprecher, is CEO of Intercontinental Exchange, which is regulated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and owns the New York Stock Exchange. The Senate Agriculture Committee, which Loeffler joined following her Senate confirmation, oversees that agency.”
January 8, 2020: Pence canceled a major speech on Iran policy … two days after the White House announced the speech.
Reuters: “U.S. Vice President Pence to lay out Iran policy in speech Monday”
Meredith McGraw: “Just in: VP Pence’s Monday speech at @FDD on Iran policy has now been postponed. No info on a new date.”