Pence’s Chief of Staff Doesn’t Have a Problem with Trump’s Attack on John Dingell

Pence’s Chief of Staff Doesn’t Have a Problem with Trump’s Attack on John Dingell

Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff did not find fault in President Trump’s comment last week that the late Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) may be in hell.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Marc Short said that while he respected the World War II veteran’s service, Dingell also was a frequent critic of the president and “not exactly a wallflower.”

Chris Wallace asked Short, “How do you explain the president making a comment that hurt [Rep. Debbie Dingell] so deeply — you talk about Christmas, [and] this will be her first Christmas in 38 years without her husband — and why won’t he apologize?”

Short essentially responded that he is sorry she feels bad:

I’m sorry that she’s hurting…and I certainly wish her the best as she deals with the circumstances. I think that our administration respects the service of John Dingell. We respect his service to our country in Congress and we respect her service to our country following her husband in Congress. I’m sorry that she’s in this circumstance today, but in light of where we were on Wednesday night, I think the president was saying John Dingell was not exactly a wallflower. John Dingell called the president an ‘imbecile’ in his closing months. John Dingell himself as well had a lot of critical comments about the president, yet [Trump] took time to call Debbie Dingell, to express his personal condolences on the passing. He lowered flags to half-mast.”

Short then implied that since Trump was holding a rally during the House’s vote on two articles of impeachment, he became irritated and felt the need to lash out.

Watch the video above, via Fox News.

William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt is a writer and editor from New Hampshire whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Progressive, Slate and Areo Magazine, among other places. He holds a BA in Political Science and History from Boston University.