Pence is diplomatic enough to be able to meet with enemy leaders and mentally stable enough to be able to avoid rash diplomatic accidents.
[Pence] agreed to a secret meeting with North Korean officials while in South Korea at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. But on Saturday Feb. 10, less than two hours before Pence and his team were set to meet with Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and Kim Yong Nam, the regime’s nominal head of state, the North Koreans pulled out of the scheduled meeting, according to Pence’s office.
Can you imagine Trump being willing to meet with enemy leaders? Can you imagine how badly it could go if he did? Can you imagine Trump not blowing up on Twitter if he were snubbed by a foreign leader? Pence said nothing about it for ten days. Pence is much better at foreign policy and would be a much better president.
Meanwhile, the Mueller investigation has made 24 indictments so far, several defendants have already pleaded guilty including two top advisors, Flynn and Papadopoulos, who admitted repeatedly lying to cover up meeting with the Russians. The indictments also allude to “co-conspirators” who are yet to be named, so rather than clearing Trump as he and his supporters claim, they are clearly signaling that more indictments are to come.
Pence is wisely staying away from the White House to avoid being burned by being too close to the Trump bonfire of corruption. Abigail Tracy reports
Pence, who has demonstrated an uncanny ability to avoid the pitfalls that have jeopardized the president. Republicans, too, seem to understand that Pence is safer the less he is seen. “No one, it seems, has the heart to go after Pence in force, because somebody has to be around to take over if the boss makes an early exit,” …T.A. Frank noted last week. Whether Pence can maintain that squeaky-clean facade, as he steps more frequently into the spotlight, is a balancing act that may augur his own presidential ambitions. Coming off his trip to lead the Olympic delegation in Pyeongchang, Pence will embark on a three-month cross-country tour to stump for Republican candidates and raise funds as part of a broader G.O.P. effort to hold onto its majorities in both houses of Congress. If Pence’s mission fails, the threat of impeachment proceedings may become all too real. But at the very least, the Republican Party can be comforted by the fact that the vice president will be far away from the scandal-plagued West Wing for the next several months and, arguably, better positioned to ascend to the Oval Office.
Meanwhile, Trump’s official advisor is double-dipping as part-time top-level government employee and part-time Trump Business manager and he does fundraising in India charging a $38,000 booking fee for “conversation and dinner” with Trump’s most trusted advisor and son-in-law. This is the very definition of nepotistic corruption.
Pence is too ethical to try to pull this kind of thing. Pence for President in 2018.