Vice President Mike Pence said President Donald Trump bears no responsibility for the recent string of mail bombing delivered to his Democratic Critics on Friday.
On Friday, federal authorities arrested 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc in connection with explosive sent to prominently Democrats and CNN. Obama Administration officials, including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former CIA Director John Brennan and former Attorney General Eric Holder.
Sayoc's motives, Trump supporter.
Pence told ABC White House correspondent Tara Palmeri that Sayoc's political leanings do not imply Trump.
"Look, the reality is the people responsible are the people responsible, "he said." And what the President and I stand for, and I think every American stands for, is that threats or acts of violence from anyone, anywhere, for any reason should not be allowed. "
Palmeri asked if the President's past use of violent rhetoric towards reporters and news outlets could be part of the problem; Greg Gianforte for body slamming a reporter.
"Well, I mean, the president was joking in Montana," Pence responded.
Pence told Palmeri. "
Pence told Palmeri," And I think the president and I are both in the midst of the negative and do not tell the whole story. "
"I think most Americans understand this president, they understand his heart," Pence said. "I really do believe that people understand who those who are engaged in acts of violence are the people who are responsible for it."