The Washington Post reports:
Vice President Pence asserted in an interview broadcast Friday that President Trump’s enthusiastic reaction to WikiLeaks’ releases of damaging material on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential race did not amount to an endorsement of the organization.
“I think the president always, as you and the media do, always welcomes information,” Pence said in an interview with CNN. “But that was in no way an endorsement of an organization that we now understand was involved in disseminating classified information by the United States of America.”
During the closing stretch of the 2016 campaign, Trump repeatedly extolled WikiLeaks at his rallies for sharing hacked emails from Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta. NBC News tallied that Trump cited WikiLeaks 141 times at 56 events in the last month of the campaign.
WATCH: Pence reading an email hacked/stolen by the Russians and given to Wikileaks. CIA Director said they’re a hostile intel service today. pic.twitter.com/H2vRInQUix
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) April 13, 2017
Flashback: October 14, 2016. Pence responds to reports that the Trump campaign is in cahoots with WikiLeaks: "Nothing could be further from the truth." pic.twitter.com/J4AjDrtjWF
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 14, 2017
"I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It’s not my thing.”
President Donald Trump distances himself from the organisation he repeatedly said he “loved” during the 2016 election, when it was releasing emails related to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. pic.twitter.com/SK3ngQuJCJ
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) April 11, 2019