During the second presidential debate, Donald Trump was aggressively on the attack, even threatening to jail Hillary Clinton. But Trump didn’t simply direct his scorn towards his opponent—he was also scornfully dismissive of his own running mate, Mike Pence.
Moderator Martha Raddatz asked Trump what he would do about the humanitarian crisis in Syria and referenced Mike Pence’s position.
“He said provocations by Russia need to be met with American strength and that if Russia continues to be involved with airstrikes along with the Syrian government forces of Assad, the United States of America should be prepared to use military force to strike the military targets, of the Assad regime,” she said.
But Trump didn’t even attempt to share a platform with his running mate.
“He and I haven’t spoken and I disagree,” he said.
His obvious coldness towards Pence came after a weekend of speculation that Pence would leave the ticket in response to the emergence of a tape with Trump boasting in extremely vulgar terms about forcing himself on women.
Pence said he was “offended” by Trump’s comments. “I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them,” he added. The vice presidential nominee cancelled an appearance in Wisconsin shortly following the release of the recording.
But, despite the lack of support from Trump during the debate, Pence made an enthusiastic show of support on Twitter.
Perhaps the two running mates can now find time to discuss their foreign policy positions.