Election HQ Pence: Trump's Praise of Putin Shows Preparedness to 'Engage in Diplomacy'
Gov. Mike Pence responded to Hillary Clinton's accusations about Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, saying that Trump is not endorsing the "small and bullying" Russian leader.
"Look, when Donald Trump and I said that the small and bullying president of Russia was a stronger leader on the world stage than this president and Secretary Clinton, that was not an endorsement of Vladimir Putin," Pence told Special Report. "That was an indictment of the weak and feckless leadership that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have practiced on the world stage."
Pence said he and Trump "know what they're dealing with" with Putin, describing the leader harshly as a former KGB agent and authoritarian, who has repressed the media, been associated with violence in his country and the invasions of Ukraine and Crimea.
"But what you hear in Donald Trump is a man who is prepared to step onto the world stage as the leader of the free world and engage in diplomacy."
He said Trump showed that with Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto last month.
Watch more from the wide-ranging interview above.