Pence to rebuke Trump: 'There is no room in this party for apologists for Putin'_freckle removal home remedies

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  • Mike PenceMike Pence48th Vice President of the United States
  • Donald TrumpDonald Trump45th President of the United States
  • Vladimir PutinVladimir PutinPresident of Russia
  • Hunter BidenHunter BidenJoe Biden's son
Trump, Pence
President Donald Trump Vice President Mike Pence are seen in the White House in 2020.MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images
  • Pence has stepped up his criticism of Trump in recent months.

  • "Where would Russian tanks be today if NATO had not expanded the borders of freedom?" Pence is expected to say.

  • Trump called Putin "savvy" and a "genius" for his strategy in invading Ukraine.

Former Vice President Mike Pence is expected to say in a speech on Friday night that the GOP "has no room" for "apologists for Vladimir Putin," a thinly-veiled barb at former President Donald Trump's repeated praise of the Russian leader both before and after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

"There is no room in this party for apologists for Putin," Pence will say in the speech for top Republican donors in New Orleans, according to excerpts obtained by Insider. "There is only room for champions of freedom."

The New York Times' Maggie Haberman and The Washington Post's Josh Dawsey first broke the news.

Trump called Putin "savvy" and a "genius" for his strategy in invading Ukraine, and has since claimed his remarks were misrepresented.

Pence will also reject the suggestion that Putin's new war was prompted by NATO's expansion.

"Ask yourself, where would our friends in Eastern Europe be today if they were not in NATO?" Pence is expected to say. "Where would Russian tanks be today if NATO had not expanded the borders of freedom?"

As vice president, Pence defended Trump after he face criticism and later impeachment for pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden. The US froze military assistance to Ukraine for months during the Trump administration, a fact Democrats argued was evidence that Trump should be impeached.

"I mean, the fact that my predecessor had a son who was paid $50,000 a month to be on a Ukrainian board, at the time that Vice President Biden was leading the Obama administration's efforts in Ukraine, I think that's worth looking into," Pence said in October 2019. (No evidence was ever found that then-Vice President Biden did anything untoward as vice president when his son Hunter was serving on the board of Burisma, an energy company.)

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