Vice President Mike Pence praised the Trump administration’s economic progress and blasted reporters who forgo “decorum” at the White House in a wide-ranging interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures,” Fox News informed.
“The reality is, in the last two administrations, the economy grew by less than 2 percent,” Pence stated. “And in the first 18 months of this administration — we were a little shy of 3 percent last year — we’re on track to be at 3 percent or better this year.”
The “dramatic increase” in business investment and exports are a testament to the policies of the Trump administration, Pence claimed.
On Friday, the Commerce Department released a long-awaited estimate showing that the gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 4.1 percent in the second quarter of 2018, marking the fastest economic expansion in nearly four years. The Obama administration saw 5.2 percent GDP growth in the last quarter of 2014.
Pence also reacted to news that a CNN reporter had been barred from a White House press event on Wednesday, following questions she asked President Trump earlier in the day while she was representing the press pool. The episode prompted shows of solidarity with CNN from other media outlets, including Fox News.
The correspondent, Kaitlan Collins, claimed the White House denied her access to Trump’s Rose Garden statement on trade with the European Union Commission president because officials found her earlier questions “inappropriate.”
Collins’ questions had focused on Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, and the recent revelations of audio recordings of a conversation between the two men. “Did Michael Cohen betray you, Mr. President,” Collins could be heard asking Trump in a clip provided by CNN. “Mr. President, did Michael Cohen betray you? Mr. President, are you worried about what Michael Cohen is going to say to prosecutors?”
The Vice President told Bartiromo that while the Trump administration “believes in the freedom of the press,” it was also important for reporters to behave appropriately.