Presidential candidate and former Vice President Mike Pence blamed former President Donald Trump for his "retreat" from Israel.
Pence shared the comments during a CNN interview on Sunday following attacks on Israel by Hamas that started over the weekend.
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“But I also believe this is what happens when we have leading voices like Donald Trump, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Ron DeSantis signaling retreat from America’s role as leader of the free world,” Pence stated.
“Look, what happened in Ukraine was an unprovoked invasion by Russia. What happened this weekend was an unprovoked invasion by Hamas into Israel,” he said.
Mike Pence went on CNN this morning to blame Hamas terror on Trump, Vivek, and DeSantis.
What a goon.
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"The former Vice President has become increasingly critical of Donald Trump’s populist policies in recent weeks, despite himself having worked side-by-side with the 45th President throughout the administration. He even claims that Trump’s populism is a 'road to ruin,'" the National Pulse reported.
"Pence’s presidential campaign has hitherto completely failed to get off the ground, and has not been able to poll consistently higher than five percent," it continued.
The remarks were somewhat surprising considering Trump's efforts to support Israel during his time in the White House.
Trump moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and helped in the negotiations of the Abraham Accords, the biggest peace agreement involving Israel in years.
Trump and other Republicans have typically shown strong support for Israel and the Jewish people. Ramaswamy has been the lone presidential candidate to speak in some negative ways about Israel and was quickly criticized by opponents.
The latest attack by Pence was an odd one, especially as most Republicans seek to blame Biden over the weak response against Hamas and its attacks on Israel.