In his first televised interview since being named Donald Trump’s running mate Friday, Mike Pence said the attempted military coup in Turkey was “evidence” of Hillary Clinton’s “failed leadership” during her tenure as secretary of state.
“Whether you look at Libya, whether you look at the wider Arab world, the policies of this administration, the failed leadership of Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, tells us that we cannot have four more years of the kind of leadership that moves red lines in the sand, that spends most of its time apologizing to our enemies and abandoning our friends,” the Indiana governor told Sean Hannity of Fox News.
“That’s the kind of leadership that Hillary Clinton provided,” he said. “We can’t have that in the Oval Office for four more years.”
Airing hours after Turkish military forces tried and failed to take control of the NATO ally, Pence seized the opportunity to criticize Clinton’s and President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.
“To think that ISIS grew up, that [it] was conjured up in the vacuum that was created when this administration under Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton had precipitously withdrew from Iraq before we should have done,” he said. “And the reality is that what’s unfurling in Turkey today is likely one more installment of the anarchy that has taken over countries across the broader Middle East.”
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