Vice President Pence Receives Awkward Silence in Munich Afte
President Donald Trump isn#8217t exactly the most popular person among America#8217s European allies, though Vice President Mike Pence doesn#8217t seem to have expected that.
Addressing America#8217s allies in a speech at the Munich Security Conference on Friday, Pence offered a standard applause line and gave those listening a chance to do just that.
#8220I bring greetings from the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump,#8221 Pence said to the attendees. Pence then paused, presumably for the audience to clap, and was greeted with a lengthy silence.
The Vice President attended the annual security conference in Germany with a bipartisan delegation, which included Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).The Brief Newsletter Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know right now. View Sample Sign Up Now
The awkward moment highlights what has become an increasingly fraught relationship between the United States and its European allies. Many at the conference were rattled by the Vice Presidentrsquos demand that France, Germany and the U.K. withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.
During the conference, German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended the Iran deal and said the division between Europe and the U.S. on it #8220depresses me very much.#8221
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