Former US ambassador trolls Pence over Russia

Former US ambassador trolls Pence over Russia
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Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul mocked Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceOvernight Health Care: GOP in retreat on ObamaCare | Drug pricing fight heads to the states | PhRMA spends record amount on lobbying Appeals court: Indiana abortion law signed by Mike Pence unconstitutional Top LGBT group targets Pence in new campaign MORE on Wednesday over Twitter, asking if he had cleared his comments criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin with running mate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpClinton takes swipe at 'false equivalency' in media coverage of 2016 election Trump asked Netanyahu if he actually cares about peace: report Official: Trump to urge North Korea to dismantle nuclear program in return for sanctions relief MORE.

McFaul noted that the vice presidential nominee was far more critical of Putin than the man at the top of the Republican ticket has been.

"Pence last night was brilliant in attacking Trump's policy on Russia," McFaul also tweeted.

Pence was starkly critical during the debate of Putin, who both he and Trump had previously referred to as a stronger leader that President Obama.

"The small and bullying the leader of Russia is now dictating terms to the United States to the point where all the United States of America -— the greatest nation on Earth — just withdraws from talk about a cease-fire while Putin puts a missile defense system in Syria,” Pence said.

Pence during the debate also said Russian provocations "need to be met with American strength" and even seemed to threaten Russia with military force if it continued to strike civilians in Syria. 

"If Russia chooses to be involved and continue, I should say, to be involved in this barbaric attack on civilians in Aleppo, the United States of America should be prepared to use military force to strike military targets of the Assad regime to prevent them from this humanitarian crisis that is taking place in Aleppo," he said.

The comments went far beyond anything Trump has ever said, McFaul noted. 

McFaul, who served under President Obama, said he even agreed with Pence — but that Trump did not.