Mike Pence shakes hands with Vladimir Putin in Jerusalem at commemoration of 75th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz and is caught on hot mic calling Donald Trump ‘unstoppable’
- Pence is attending event an event with world leaders to commemorate the Holocaust
- He greeted Russian President Vladimir Putin
- Putin has a meeting scheduled with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu
- Pence and Netanyahu spoke at the event
- The VP appeared to reference Trump, whom he called ‘unstoppable’
- ‘Like somebody else I know,’ he then lauded Netanyahu
Vice President Mike Pence spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Jerusalem as leaders gathered to attend the Fifth World Holocaust Forum and mark the liberation of Auschwitz.
Their brief encounter put Pence in contact with the figure whose election interference campaign is at the center of President Trump’s impeachment trial, where House Democrats are making their second day of arguments calling for Trump’s removal Thursday.
House managers have cast Trump’s conduct toward Ukraine as an extension of his 2016 comments when he called for Russia to please get Hillary Clinton’s emails. Trump later said he was joking.
US Vice President Mike Pence (L) greets Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) as they attend an even at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre in Jerusalem on January 23, 2020, to mark 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz
Vice President of the United States Mike Pence (L) with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the Fifth World Holocaust Forum on January 23, 2020 in Jerusalem, Israel
In addition to marking a solemn moment of remembrance at Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust museum, the gathering marking the 75th anniversary of the death camp provided brief opportunities for networking.
An apparent hot mic moment caught Pence saluting the ‘unstoppable’ constitution of his boss President Trump, while also lauding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu has managed to dominate Israeli politics for decades – while like Trump fending off investigators who have accused him of corruption.
During a greeting, Netanyahu asks Pence how he is doing.
Vice President Mike Pence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, French President Emmanuel Macron and Britain’s prince Charles during the Fifth World Holocaust Forum at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem, Israel, 23 January 2020
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (R) and his wife Karen Pence attend 5th World Holocaust Forum in West Jerusalem on January 23, 2020. (Photo by GPO / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
‘We’re contending. He’s unstoppable,’ Pence responded, smiling. ‘Like somebody else I know,’ he said, buttering up his host.
Netanyahu has been indicted on charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust, but has managed to remain atop the Likud party.
The leaders were joined by Prince Charles and more than 40 world leaders at the event. Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner was expected to attend. Putin had a meeting scheduled with Netanyahu.
The Soviet army liberated Auschwitz in January 1945.
The Pence greeting comes days after Putin further consolidated power and his top ministers resigned from government.