Former Vice President Mike Pence clashed with Tucker Carlson Friday when he defended his ongoing support for the U.S.’ involvement in the Russia-Ukraine war, eliciting boos from the crowd.
Pence said he believes “that it is in the interests of the United States of America to continue to give the Ukrainian military the resources they need” during an interview with the ex-Fox News host at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa, prompting boos from the crowd.
The crowd cheered when Carlson challenged Pence’s stance, asking, “Where’s the concern for the United States in that?” and claiming, “Every city in the United States has become much worse in the last three years.”
Pence pushed back on the notion, telling Carlson: “Anybody that says that we can’t be the leader of the free world and solve our problems at home has a pretty small view of the greatest nation on earth.”
Tucker instantly ENDS Mike Pence’s career in 60 seconds:
Tucker nukes Pence on Ukraine aid: “Every city in the United States has become much worse over the last 3 years.. and your concern is the Ukrainians..” 🔥
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) July 14, 2023
Pence reiterated his long-held belief that Russian dominance over Ukraine would empower President Vladimir Putin to “cross the border of a NATO country,” a scenario that would require the U.S. to launch a military defense of its NATO ally.
In addition to Pence, Carlson interviewed GOP presidential candidates Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson at the summit.
While other Republican candidates, including DeSantis and former President Donald Trump (who did not attend the Iowa event), have suggested the U.S. should scale back its involvement in the Russia-Ukraine war, Pence, a traditional conservative defense hawk, has criticized the Biden Administration for not providing military aid to Ukraine earlier.
Pence, who met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky recently in a show of his support, applauded Biden for the administration’s controversial decision to send cluster bombs to Ukraine, part of a series of moves over the past week to enhance the U.S.’ commitment to supporting Ukraine.
The U.S. and its G-7 partners also announced on Wednesday new long-term security commitments to Ukraine, including promises to help it build a sustainable military and provide immediate technical and financial support.