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  1. Kyle Battle says:

    I think this is getting a wee bit out of hand, all this speculation. I get it that Trump has a big target on his back and a sordid collection of #NeverTrump’ers, Leftists, Globalists, Establishmentarians, etc. have been scheming since his election to take him down. But come on! Pence was sent to this conference to represent Trump. The conference was over & done with when this news conference took place. Pence said it *was* his honor to serve as Trump’s VP at the conference – “was” because the conference ended. If the conference had still been on-going he probably would have said “is”. Seriously people, get a grip here.

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    • daizeez says:

      I have to agree. These people are politicians. They may be polished in their speech but not perfect. President Trump picked them because he trusted them. There will be some that don’t pan out but we can’t just pick apart every word they utter. Honestly I’ve listened to that too many times and still can’t tell if he said WAS or IT’S. At this point I don’t quite see the boogie man yet. I’m more concerned with the likes of McCain and whoever is leaking classified information to the press.

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  2. Miss America says:

    It depends what the defintion of “was” was.

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  3. Pinkie says:

    Trump’s stated criteria for a VP was a politician experienced in the ways of Washington. The rest of the team is businesspeople, former military and other Washington outsiders — except perhaps Elaine Chao. Pence is in effect Trump’s liaison to the GOPe. He has to have one foot in Trump’s world and one foot in the establishment world in order to be effective.

    This has to be incredibly difficult. Pence essentially has to the thread the needle or he risks losing support from Trump or losing credibility with the Washington establishment. Trump has made the job even more difficult by making it clear he intends to govern as he campaigned.

    Trump can freeze out Pence as so many presidents have done with VPs before but as I noted above Pence cannot be fired and would be a fool to resign. The whole 25th amendment scenario gives Pence a potential card to play that no other VP has ever had.

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  4. John Hall says:

    If you find yourself playing defense too much, you’re either being defeated or defeating yourself.

    “Attack is the secret of defense; defense is the planning of an attack.” ― Sun Tzu

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    • Mickey Wasp says:

      The self-appointed ‘powers-to-be’ underestimate the sharpness and intellect of President Trump. The few that may closely match President Trump’s intellect do not play within the realm of the media, although they may incorporate these useful idiots. President Trump at a young age went to military school before the politically correct crowd and academia had eliminated historical context and content in heritage and various ancient text. Then he went on to college and graduated with honors and one cannot forget him being raised by a proud Scottish mother and sat at the knee of his German father and that both had a knowledge of history and during dinner conversations they expressed and challenged their children.

      That said, one has to understand the “Runes” (Norse) and the linguistic mystery of the Germanic and Anglo-Saxon dialects that matured through the ages, that were not lost on the [grand] parents in the Trump family. So what do the ‘Runes’ tell us? The alphabet of Trump’s foreign policy will prove hard to read. Those officials who support the institutions of American power, and are generally comfortable with the post-World War II bipartisan consensus on U.S. strategy, only seek to change it on the margins The ‘Runes’ will be harder to read precisely because of President Trump’s tactics of feints and distractions. President Trump seems to be a pretty accomplished hand at chess.

      Chess is a game where the number of possible positions rises at an astronomical rate. By the 2nd move there are already 400 positions, and after each person moves twice, that number rises to 8902 and the only chance of ever winning is to take the initiative and never give it up. You must know what your opponent will do next by playing his game for him. It boils down to throwing punches, at each and every turn without exception. In other words, if my opponent must always waste his turn responding to what I am doing, then he never gets an opportunity to come at me in the millions of possibilities that reside in the game. Again, if I throw the punch – even one that can be easily blocked, then I only have to worry about one combination and not millions.

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      • El Torito says:

        There are many chess grand masters. On any given day, any of these grand masters can be beaten by a lesser opponent with only one faulty move. Remember Trump is fighting against an invisible entity. If anyone can win this situation, it is Trump. But anything is possible. He needs to fire everyone that he didn’t hire.

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      • Cow wow says:

        I agree Mickey

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    • Jimmy Jack says:

      Did you post this on reddit also?

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  5. vikingmom says:

    I suspect that Mike Pence, having spent a considerable amount of time in DC, has things in his life that he would rather not be revealed. The swamp turns into a hot tub very quickly and the powers-that-be seem to have an uncanny ability to acquire embarrassing information in order to keep people in line. (If you have not read The Firm by John Grisham please do so. It explains the process very clearly!)

    I suspect that Mike Pence is caught between a rock and a hard place because the people who hold his chain do not like DJT, as they realize that he represents the last gasp attempt of the American people to hold onto their country. Pence knows that but I suspect that he is being jerked pretty hard right now and is having to decide which way he will go. And if there is dirt on his family or danger to them, it becomes even more difficult.

    The story being played out in the media is simply a distraction. The real battle is behind the scenes and it is a duel to the death, one way or another!

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  6. Remington says:

    Intense….tons of variables…not sure how any of this will turn out. However, we need to be prepared for CHANGE. Back in the day, when a new admin was elected, the players added and you had what you had for the duration, for the most part. Now we have a completely different dynamic. NOTHING is the same. Different ball game. We have to be prepared to see President Trump’s team change with the situation as needed. Players will come and go as the game changes. This is a game that must be WON…If we fail, there is no “second chance”. – this is it…If we know and understand this concept, there will be a lot less anguish. Support PTrump and pray….

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  7. andi lee says:

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    • Jimmy Jack says:

      Funny, I read a blog piece yesterday that said Trump will go after leakers legally. If so McCain could be looking at jail time. It was an unusual blog that said Trump used a canary trap to catch leakers.

      Interestingly given this post, the blog suggested Trump has delegated dealing with foreign policy to Pence while he deals with domestic policy and draining the swamp. Said this is why Trump gets some kind of intel report 1x a week but Pence gets one daily.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      😯

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    • El Torito says:

      No author, no named sources. Fake?

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    • I think insane McCain should be executed for war crimes, and his wife should be investigated. She runs the McCain Institute, fronting as an organization to prevent human trafficking, but in fact as most of these such organizations, do just the opposite. They use wars and Washington’s bases throughout the world to run drugs, arms, and selling children. None of them have done anything to end human trafficking. Token cases, the rest atrocities.

      No one could’ve said it better than Putin during his reply back to McCain’s crazy tweet to him:

      John McCain “Dear Vlad, The Arab Spring is coming to a neighborhood near you.”

      Putin: “Mr McCain fought in Vietnam. I think that he has enough blood of peaceful citizens on his hands. It must be impossible for him to live without these disgusting scenes anymore. Mr McCain was captured and they kept him not just in prison, but in a pit for several years,” he said. “Anyone [in his place] would go nuts.”

      SOURCE: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/8958294/Vladimir-Putin-calls-John-McCain-nuts-in-outspoken-attack.html


      “His warmongering rants have become so mundane,
      Babbling like a drunkard, smashed on champagne
      “War! War! War!” goes his mantra so inane,
      This psycho should be fitted, with straight jacket & chain”
      – An excerpt from the Poem “McCAIN THE INSANE: A POEM” by Mike King

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  8. Jimmy Jack says:

    Did he simply mispeak?

    Or is he resigning and we don’t know it? If so who’s up to fill in for him?

    Surely this isn’t a subconscious slip indicating he knows he will be POTUS soon bc Trump will be impeached or, gulp, worse ?

    Looking forward to your insight.

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  9. free73735 says:

    Wait guys, let’s be careful here. What are we doing? Pence said “was there” …. instead of “am there/ here “…..? He “was” at these places on behalf….., meaning he IS there on behalf.. My goodness, is paranoia creeping around?
    I trust Sundance and Trump both or wouldn’t be on this site. I also remember “we are but dust..” and can & will make mistakes along the way! 😉

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    • Tighty Whitey says:

      Remember when Bill Clinton said that there “…IS no relationship, with that woman, Monica Lewinski…”? These people are high-end professionals who use manipulative language to control the entire country. They don’t make mistakes. The first thing to accept is that every single nuance of Pence was absolutely perfect, in terms of his intent. He probably rehearsed it numerous times prior to being asked the question, which ALSO was rehearsed. It only LOOKS spontaneous. That quality (of spontaneity) is also practiced.

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  10. Kaco says:

    Catching up with news of last couple of days, after Flynn’s firing. If this post was to put me into despair of possibly another failure and traitor, then mission accomplished.

    I know Pence’s globalist platform and stances when he was picked as VP and was leery. I had only hoped between his Christian beliefs and Trump’s persuasion, he would see the plight of the American people and save the country. Same with Preibus. Hoped they had a conscience. It’s very depressing that our country may still be lost in spite of us electing Trump as our president. Internet warriors are not going to save it when so many in power and so much money are behind its defeat.

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    • John Hall says:

      I don’t view these Republicans as unpatriotic Americans. Many of them have served and have been or are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for America. And a lot of them have put a great deal of effort into ensuring that America remains the most powerful nation on earth. Those are undeniable facts. It’s also undeniable that when push has come to shove, these people have stood up the 2A and most recently SCOTUS.

      The problem I have with them is their view of what America is. I think they see America as something akin to a corporation as opposed to a composition of “the American people.” I think that view can change or be changed and some, if not most, of them can be won over to “the American people.” And while I can’t quite quantify it, I sense a bit of a metamorphosis going on with them. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t subject them to skepticism and criticism. But I do think we need to be cautious as to not extend that into demonizing or vilifying them. They are, at least in potential, allies in a fight. And in all honesty, it’s a fight we can’t win without them and will certainly lose if we push them towards the opposition.

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      • Kaco says:

        How do we convince them? Money talks and they do as their donors say, going all the way to who is really at the top. My faxes to congress re: immigration fell on deaf ears. We don’t even matter as consumers anymore, look how retail and institutions are jumping on the political bandwagon for progressives. It’s very discouraging to say the least. I’m ready to send my stupid survey back into the GOP, the second one received, without a donation again. I’m writing in as long as McCain is in congress, they won’t get a dime from me.

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    • cjzak says:

      Why then do you think Pres. Trump picked him as his running mate? He had many choices at the time. I cannot imagine the Pres. would pick someone he didn’t vet thoroughly and wasn’t comfortable that Pence would stick to the agenda and be loyal.

      If you trust Pres. Trump then this incident should not even be a concern. If something was buried and Pence hid it, then he will get the same treatment Flynn got. This just seems much ado about nothing at this point.

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      • Athena the Warrior says:

        Again, President Trump delayed his decision because of the Nice attack but Pence leaked to the media that he was going to be the VP, forcing Pres. Trump’s hand. The first of many leaks from Pence.

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        • justfactsplz says:

          Also President Trump was being pressured by his “advisors” to pick Pence. Just because you may be young and super intelligent doesn’t mean you have wisdom. Wisdom usually comes with age. I believe President Trump was leaning towards another pick at the time.

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    • WVPatriot says:

      Keep the faith, Kaco. We are all in this for the long haul!

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  11. Bubba says:

    Here’s my question: why is Sundance bringing this to our attention? It can’t be just this one word in this one instance. Does SD have more information about Pence/Trump to color his perceptions of the situation? Thereby, alerting SD’s radar to be on the lookout for this minor verbal “ping”…

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  12. MVW says:

    Whether ‘was’ is an aberration, an inadvertent slip, or is significant is not the point, IMO of course, but what I think is significant is the lack of headway in critical legislative accomplishments. This is Pence’s job. Trump can’t be happy with that.

    And there are flow on problems as a consequence. Spies, leaks, pending failure in Obamacare progress, tax reform and reduction, rogue RepubliRat Senators, loss of Flynn.

    Clean up on the root cause. Pence, Preibus. But, what do I know? One way or another, Trump has this.

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  13. janc1955 says:

    I’ve said this before. Pence is terminally polite. Sounds benign, but sometimes it isn’t. I think he was thrown by the borderline vicious question by the presstitute, and being terminally polite, he damned near died in the effort to answer the question politely. That he said “was” instead of “is” under the circumstances isn’t surprising, imo. I always try to take into consideration the personality and temperament of the speaker, and the context in which he or she is speaking, before putting too much emphasis on the actual words spoken. I have to do that all the time with President Trump, so I can find room to extend the same courtesy to Pence for now.

    I do wonder if Pence shouldn’t consider letting his heart answer now and then instead of running every response through his terminally polite filter. I think he might find more peace that way.

    My 2 cents. Not waiting for change.

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    • Yes! He had some fire in the VP debate, but he is extremely polished (slightly boring) everywhere else. The positive that I took from the Flynn situation was that obviously Pence took a stand. Flynn made Pence look bad at least twice that we know of (lying about discussing sanctions and going around Pence to get clearance for his son). I agree that it would be nice for Pence loosen up a bit. Perhaps that will come as the administration really gets going.

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  14. chojun says:

    I listened to this numerous times with a higher quality headset. Pence is saying “is”. The audio quality on this video is poor.

    This whole matter is ridiculous. Pence and Trump are NOT contradicting each-other.

    There are 3 entities mentioned in Pence’s remarks here: The UK, the EU, and NATO.

    The UK chose to leave the EU. The US respects this decision (Trump’s remarks). We wish to establish bilateral trade relations with the UK.
    With respect to the EU, we also must (and do) respect the other member states’ decision to REMAIN in the EU. We therefore respect the legitimacy of the EU (Pence’s remarks). We wish to continue our relationship with the EU.
    With respect to NATO, we remain committed to our alliance (Pence’s remarks) in a changing world (Pence’s remarks). We are challenging NATO to meet the demands of this changing world (Pence AND Trump’s remarks – ‘re: NATO is obsolete’). NATO was formed as a western counter-balance to the Soviet Union. Where do you see the Soviet Union on the world map? Get back with me on that. The alliance was formulated against a dead enemy, while their backs are literally turned to a new enemy in the Middle East.

    NOWHERE are there any contradictory remarks with respect to Pence and Trump. Indeed, they are complimentary. Pence is a good man, do NOT throw him under the bus.

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    • Athena the Warrior says:

      He said WAS very clearly. Pence is NOT a good man, he is a Koch Puppet snake – the Indiana branch.

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      • El Torito says:

        There is nothing clear about it at all Athena. I’ve listened a dozen times, on my ultra high end studio mastering phones, and it’s indeterminate. it could be either. My opinion is that he’s mentally very tired and just speaking a little slurry. Kind of a started saying was, but morphed into is as he realized he was in error of the tense. I truly have no concern about it. Sometimes the treehouse is kooky. Sometimes Sundance throws rotted red meat out there.

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    • SteveInCO says:

      I remember a talk show host (I *think* it was Hugh Hewitt) going on and on for an hour during the Kerry presidential campaign because, apparently, some reporter called John Kerry “Mr. President.” He accused the reporter of letting slip his true desire in the manner and basically being trapped in an imaginary reality.

      Hewitt would play the tape many times over the course of that hour, and it was quite plain to ME that the reporter was saying “as the President?” (at the end of some question where that would make sense as an ending) not “Mr. President?”

      I never gave Hewitt an ounce of credence after that; he was so determined to find liberal idiocy he invented it. (And he really didn’t *need* to, of course!)

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  15. 2x4x8 says:

    SD collects info, and waits till have there is solid evidence to write about, what he is doing here is directing Treepers to carefully watch Pence, or anyone that is in the Trump administration that may be willing to help the Establishment weaken it

    Trump is at War, the Swamp Creatures need to be slain

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    • lisaginnz says:

      No more of my hard earned money goes to Matt Damon leftist.

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      • Remington says:

        ..or pretty much any of the other wankers…’done with Hollywierd unless it’s something like “13 Hours…”

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      • 2x4x8 says:

        well, you are going a lot of movies

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      • WVPatriot says:

        The only three times that I been to a movie theatre since 2000, were to see the very informative documentaries done by Dinesh D’Souza…well worth the money and time! I believe that each was from a book, and made into DVDs, and distributed by the producer of Schindler’s List and Jurassic Park.

        I have actually never paid to see a Damon movie. An acquaintance lent me a copy of “The Bourne Identity.” Hollywood took the late Robert Ludlum’s extraordinary novel and ruined it. The ONLY thing that the novel and movie shared was the title I would highly recommend the novel (perhaps the trilogy — though “Identity” is my favorite) for those who looked forward to the next Vince Flynn installment of Mitch Rapp. Vince Flynn’s first novel, “Terms Limits” kept my attention and presented a fascinating scenario. Frankly, I am surprised it was picked up by a major publishing house — originally self-published.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Great post and I am cautiously watching lately.

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  16. free73735 says:

    Hit post by mistake before finishing….One more thought…the media wants a distinct answer to their question, such as does Trump support Brexit or non Brexit, support NATO (in the previous manner). Pence “was” there to demonstrate Trump/USA support in various ways, dependent on them. Their choices would determine the support.

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  17. TatonkaWoman says:

    Deep breath…very long *sighhhh…*

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  18. Bubba says:

    I think Trump picked Pence, Priebus, etc. BECAUSE they were GOPe. The given reason is for their experience, hard work, party unity, blah blah. However, the secret reason he chose certain people is that he is using them until the time is right and then he’ll change course. He couldn’t afford an all out intra-party revolt against him at the beginning of his admin. He needed to keep any disloyalty at a minimum until he was ready to engage them from a position of strength. Remember the election and how he used people for specific tasks, at specific times, then he’d change when necessary. When everything is in place, Trump will begin to execute his plan against the scum in DC. That’s still months away.

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    • Orygun says:

      I think you nailed it. I don’t trust Pence or a lot of the lifetime politicians floating around in the admin. I have to keep reminding myself that Trump knows more than me and has been watching these critters up close for years.
      He needs a base to work from and this is the really dangerous part in getting that established before they can overwhelm him. He has to play it close to the vest and let them openly betray who they are. That is what you are seeing from Pence.

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      • Jimmy Jack says:

        I suspected that Pence was to serve a few purposes. One, to appease the GOPe that he’s have to deal with through his first election. Two, it is a gift tot he religious right and social conservatives Trump i snot strong with. Finally, Pence’s stance on homosexuals has the left terrified – maybe Pence is some kind of life insurance policy.

        I’m not saying I think Pence would actually do anything to homosexuals but they seem to think so and that’s what’s important in this example. Pence is likable enough, clean cut & nice looking, likely personal scandal free, with a kid int he military.

        Idk, just my thoughts so far.

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    • BMG says:

      And so do you think, that POTUS’ meeting with Christie the other day may be connected to a possible Pence departure?

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  19. Rox says:

    I have never, ever trusted Pence. Ever.

    And the press has been FAR too kind to him in comparison to other people around the President. Funny how all the GOPe people surrounding POTUS never seem to have nearly the trouble with the media that non-GOPe people do.

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  20. Athena the Warrior says:

    Why is Pence out there assuring the EU honchos that Potus Trump supports them when we know that’s not the case. Decide for yourself:

    http://www.infowars.com/pence-joins-the-globalists/

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  21. SteveInCO says:

    A lot of hyperventilating here, and it would help if SD would quit dancing around and TELL us what he means by this.

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  22. zephyrbreeze says:

    I thought he was referring to accepting the honor.

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    • Ding ding ding! My read as well. Had to play it over a few times to even figure out what the controversy was (I said it) about.

      As an aside, that was an asinine question being asked. You can want NATO participants to pay more and still support NATO. You can support and be friendly to the EU, while also correctly predicting that other countries will leave it.

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      • yy4u says:

        TRUE. The BBC reporter was just parroting the current media meme. Pence should have called him out on it. Truth is, politicians are NOT quick on their feet. They don’t KNOW what they think until some polling group tells them what they think.

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    • singingsoul says:

      Maybe diplomacy should have been with Tillerson only so not to confuse what POTUS message to Europe .

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  23. Pedro says:

    MSM already eluded to Pence as next in line ‘if Trump is impeach’ Notice lots of Nixon/watergate headlines on MSM. Heck MSNBC has trotted out John Dean. I don’t trust Pence/Preibus and you shouldn’t either

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  24. Michael says:

    Can we please stop impugning the Vice President? This is getting ridiculous. Until proven otherwise, he is a good man. Trump would NOT choose someone he couldn’t trust. Simple as that.

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    • El Torito says:

      Agree – all this second guessing is verbalizing doubt for Trump. If this mania continues, we are telegraphing to MSM that they are having an effect on us. Nothing but second guessing DJT by second guessing his cabinet picks. This is exactly where MSM et al want us because in this manic mindset we are vulnerable to manipulation. Toughen up Trumpers!

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  25. BMG says:

    LOL, ROFL. Speaking of hyperventilation.

    You just know that if/when POTUS fires Pence, the left wing loons/Globalists will be ratcheting up the 25th amendment bigly and screaming for Trumps’ resignation/impeachment. The talking point, among many; Administration is in utter chaos and this mentally impaired President has his finger on the button.

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    • singingsoul says:

      I am only going by gut feeling that VP is easy influenced and taken in. He does not have the world experience not too. The only thing we need to count on is Pence said before that he knows who is in charge and Trump sets the agenda. I believe POTUS gives people lots of lea way but if Pence understood POTUS agenda and policy then there should not be a problem unless he was unable to separate his own. Pence strikes me as the guy who wants to be friends with everyone and does not like to bring bad news.

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    • John Hall says:

      Trump can’t ‘fire’ Pence; only congress can impeach the VP.

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      • SharonKinDC says:

        Pence CAN resign, though. What if there is something damaging in Pence’s past that is being held over his head. Not by Trump, but by the globalists. IF that is true, at some point, Pence may remove himself, if the ‘dirt’ would damage his personal life…

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      • Mike says:

        No you can’t fire Pence, but being VP doesn’t entitle Pence to any role whatsoever in the executive branch. VP only makes him Pres of Senate and 1st in succession. All other powers are only at Potus’ delegation, and Trump can freeze out Pence from any/all executive branch activity any time he wants.

        I’ve always felt Pence was solid, and him saying “was” normally wouldn’t concern me, seems simply meant to say he was honored to represent at this now concluded conference. Sundance going out of his way to flag it out makes me a little nervous though.

        IF there is anything amiss with Pence he should heed this warning: Don’t assume your base of social conservatives will revert to a Pence/Gop in the aftermath of a run at Trump. As a lifelong Republican I will not forgive or forget Gop sandbagging Trump, including Pence if he were somehow to become Potus prior to Jan 2025.

        Trump has given the GOP a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to actually save this country and the party, and if this Gop Congress doesn’t cooperate w him to seize it the Gop is over.

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  26. yy4u says:

    What the devil did he say? I’m FED UP with politicianspeak. The BBC question was out of line. The answer was, “your question is out of line and doesn’t deserve the dignity of an answer.”

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  27. Mickey Wasp says:

    The self-appointed ‘powers-to-be’ underestimate the sharpness and intellect of President Trump. The few that may closely match President Trump’s intellect do not play within the realm of the media, although they may incorporate these useful idiots. President Trump at a young age went to military school before the politically correct crowd and academia had eliminated historical context and content in heritage and various ancient text. Then he went on to college and graduated with honors and one cannot forget him being raised by a proud Scottish mother and sat at the knee of his German father and that both had a knowledge of history and during dinner conversations they expressed and challenged their children.

    That said, one has to understand the “Runes” (Norse) and the linguistic mystery of the Germanic and Anglo-Saxon dialects that matured through the ages, that were not lost on the [grand] parents in the Trump family. So what do the ‘Runes’ tell us? The alphabet of Trump’s foreign policy will prove hard to read. Those officials who support the institutions of American power, and are generally comfortable with the post-World War II bipartisan consensus on U.S. strategy, only seek to change it on the margins The ‘Runes’ will be harder to read precisely because of President Trump’s tactics of feints and distractions. President Trump seems to be a pretty accomplished hand at chess.

    Chess is a game where the number of possible positions rises at an astronomical rate. By the 2nd move there are already 400 positions, and after each person moves twice, that number rises to 8902 and the only chance of ever winning is to take the initiative and never give it up. You must know what your opponent will do next by playing his game for him. It boils down to throwing punches, at each and every turn without exception. In other words, if my opponent must always waste his turn responding to what I am doing, then he never gets an opportunity to come at me in the millions of possibilities that reside in the game. Again, if I throw the punch – even one that can be easily blocked, then I only have to worry about one combination and not millions.

    Proudly announcing what exactly one is doing and why you are doing it explains to the bad chess players a believably that they can hide their strategy even though all the pieces are right there in plain sight. A good chess player has no fear of this because they will choose positions that are unassailable so why not announce them. Time is something one should focus on to round out the game, one shouldn’t move the same piece twice in a row and that ‘wild punches’ should focus on getting pieces on to the board and into play as quickly as possible. President Trump, if nothing else, throws a lot of punches. We really saw this in the primaries where barely a day could go by without some scandal that would supposedly end his presidential bid. His opponents and the press erroneously thought that responding to each and every “outrage’ was the correct thing to do without ever taking the time to think whether or not they had just walked into a trap.

    President Trump is very vocal in what he is going to do. Trump has been nothing but transparent about what he intends to do. After all, announcing your plans only works if your position is unassailable. It demoralizes your opponent. You rub their face in it. Another benefit to being vocal is that it encourages your opponent to bring out his favorite piece to deal with said announced plans. This is a big mistake as any good chess player will quickly recognize which piece his opponent favors and then go take them. President Trump has got this ….

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  28. BMG says:

    yy4u;

    That’s one difference between Pence & Trump. Trump would have fired back at the reporter. Pence is too nice, a marshmallow.

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  29. Gina says:

    The reporter’s question was basically challenging VP Pence on his answers possibly not being on the same page as President Trump. I feel that when he said he was honored to serve he is just saying he was honored to have served as VP for that particular assignment? Just a thought.

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  30. redsequin4 says:

    I turned on the subtitles to see if it picked up “was” or “is”. It quoted: “let me say this my great privilege”. So it couldn’t pick it up either. To me it sounded like “was” but it’s very poor quality sound. Not sure what it means if he did say “was”. Slip of the tongue, something else?

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      I do think he said “was”, but I now see it as a speech-reading nothingburger. I think it is important, in that it does portray a valid psychological point – that Pence is doing heavy lifting in carrying out Trump’s agenda, and that this is NOT pleasurable. Trump is pushing Pence. Good boss, good worker.

      And just listen to Pence. The man stayed forceful all the way. What a guy!

      Think about it. NATO hasn’t been reformed, DECADES after it should have been. Nobody wanted to do it then. Nobody wants to do it now. But EVERYBODY knows it has to be done. Cries of “Russia” are fake squeaky wheels generated by the inertia of Deep State European Defense, crying for the mother’s milk of moolah. Trump is a businessman, and he knows that we simply can’t put stuff off any longer – which politicians, unfortunately, do as their “go-to: strategy.

      REORG!!! Trump knows it’s absolutely necessary.

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      • redsequin4 says:

        Pence looks incredibly tired to me, like he needs about 4 red bulls. There’s been so many vicious attacks against the admin., it has to be tiring. He probably feels like he’s been on the job for one year not one month.

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        • jello333 says:

          When we were all throwing around names for VP, there was one characteristic that wasn’t much mentioned: It should be a person who could KEEP UP WITH Trump. As we all realized during the campaign, Donald is a machine, a total workaholic. Even when I was in my 20s, I couldn’t even imagine doing what’s he was doing…. at 70, under the spotlights of the whole world. Amazing. So I kinda suspected that whoever he brought on-board, especially the top spots, especially VP, was gonna be physically and mentally pushed like they’d never been before. Don’t know if Pence is feeling it now or not…. but I just needed to mention that.

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          • redsequin4 says:

            So true, who can keep up with President Trump? He’s a machine and puts them all to shame.

            But Pence does look tired, he needs a nap..lol.

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  31. jello333 says:

    I think he was just referring to something he had done on Trump’s behalf, which he did while he “was” VP, just like he still “is” VP, and tomorrow “will be” VP. Just a weird way of wording it, in my opinion.

    “It IS my great pleasure to serve as VP, and it WAS my great pleasure to go to Munich and to come here to Brussels”…. THAT’s the “was” he was talking about. The fact that he twisted the “is” and “was” a bit is really nothing as far as I can tell.

    And we shouldn’t get too freaked out by the simple fact that Sundance chose to post this, and highlight this. It could be that he thinks this is significant, or it could be that he wants to see how we react to it… or it could be that he’s really uncertain himself, and wants to see what we dig up. Sundance is not only a great writer and researcher, he’s also one of the best “teachers” I’ve ever known. And no, he’s NOT often a “hand holder”.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Sundance like times in the past is trying to get us to dig a little deeper and do some research on our own. Many times he does things in increments so that a huge amount of research is not dumped on us all at once. The Benghazi Brief and The Splitter Strategy comes to mind. It was a lot to decipher all in one huge post but if you followed it from start to finish it all came together beautifully. I have a feeling this story is a complex one.

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  32. KBR says:

    My estimation of most of this thread:

    “What the hell did he say?”

    “I hear ‘im talking but he don’t come in.”

    “Was that a yes or a no?”

    “It’s a possible maybe.”

    (All are lines from the scene linked below)

    The Indiana Sidestep

    Fellow Treepers, I am thinking, in the case of this VP,
    That it follows, quite succintly, that it’s all about a lack of clarity,
    And fellow Treepers, we all want Trump, and his policies to hold sway,
    For our country, and our honor, and the goodness of the good ol’ USA!

    Now, fellow Treepers, it behooves us, to watch ev’ry step he makes.
    The Texas sidestep, that confuses, is a step our Indiana VP takes!
    Fellow Treepers, come together, and agree to disagreeeeee,
    What he said was, something is-was, and it surely clearly plainly seems to me…,

    Our V P needs to..stop this shufflin’…and this steppin’ side-to-side.
    And speak out clear now, for every ear now, and stop contributing to this great big divide!
    And though we know that…he’s not from Texas, but Indiana, USA-A-A-A,
    We surely must stop this fighting, ’cause we can’t agree: what did the VP say?!

    Ooooh Pence loves to dance a little sidestep!
    Some of you you hear him, some of you don’t, he’s come and gone,
    Ooooh he loves to sweep around a wide step,
    Make a little speech and lead the people on!

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  33. deanbrh says:

    I can’t believe there’s a post above that indicates McCain has been found to be the WH Leaker and that has not diverted the attention of ALL Treepers. Am I the ONLY one thrilled to bits at the prospect of McCain being caged?

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  34. Sally says:

    Is/was. Stink/stank/stunk.

    This is a big nothing burger. Who has never used the wrong tense in speaking publicly, especially in a stressful situation? Sure, it’s interesting for conspiracy buffs. (Wink, wink!)

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  35. Lburg says:

    I’m a self admitted neophyte and enthusiastic student. The Treehouse is a refuge but is also a classroom.

    Sundance usually comes through with a time line so I’m thinking that this word is sitting on an important time line spot. While the word “was” is in play, it’s also too low in the weeds to be the full story. It seems to me that there was a signal from SD when the original article was posted with “Death Threats, Mike pence, Predictions, President Trump” tags. Couple those tags with the recent headlines about McCain’s phone calls and other interference/intervention activities.

    What does this mean? I have no idea since my dots look very much like the three hole punch guard fell off. I’ve got a table full of dots and lines that look a lot like a silhouette of Groucho Marx. However, I trust that with a pile of Horse Stuff this big, there’s gotta be a pony in there somewhere. Digging….digging…..

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  36. Guffman says:

    It’s hard to believe that SD is bringing this up a second time. VP Pence referred in deference to President Trump time and time again in both the Munich conference AND this press conference, yet SD singles out one single word here as possible proof of the VP’s disloyalty and potential proof of an upcoming coup.
    You can’t have it both ways. Telling us since DJT started running what a brilliant 4D chess tactician he is throughout his entire presidential run, and then telling us that he made a totally incompetent move in his most important decision – that of picking a VP. Everything I’ve seen so far has proven to me that Pence is 100% loyal to President Trump. He was brought in, in large part, as a bridge to placate the GOP – as was absolutely needed and a brilliant move on Trump’s part – and he is fulfilling that role expertly while maintaining unwaivering loyalty to the President to date.
    I love the Treehouse SD but please have a little more faith in our President and his decisions. He has enough skeptics and detractors biting at his ankles everyday without constant friendly fire and second guessing on top of that. I also find it disturbing that so many here are willing to turn on Pence in a heartbeat, without any REAL proof of disloyalty. Very disheartening.

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  37. truthandjustice says:

    Well, after thinking about it more and an interview done with Mike Cernovich with Alex Jones, I tend to think SD was indeed giving us a “heads up” about Pence. Anyway – here is the interview:

    https://www.dangerandplay.com/2017/02/21/watch-alex-jones-and-mike-cernovich-discuss-deep-state-trump-milo-and-more/

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  38. Truthfilter says:

    Pence led Trump’s transition team. I need to research this further.

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  39. Lots of people misspeak and misuse words. Even Trump uses the oxymoron “illegal immigrants,” instead of “illegal aliens,” yet we would not think that Trump secretly means illegal aliens are “immigrants.” The other day Trump tweeted out a tweet calling economic migrants as “immigrants.” So even those talented and good with words can get them wrong sometimes.

    It’s always interesting to catch nuances, and sometimes they end up being Freudian Slips, but not all of the time; sometimes just innocent misspeaks, and sometimes misspeaks that end up being prophetic in a way, it takes wisdom and a keen intuition and discernment to know the difference. Probably Sundance just caught that and brought it up for discussion.

    In this case I agree with Kyle Battle February 21, 2017 at 12:37 pm (post above) that since: “The conference was over & done with when this news conference took place. Pence said it *was* his honor to serve as Trump’s VP at the conference – “was” because the conference ended. If the conference had still been on-going he probably would have said “is.”

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