Why is Pence getting involved?
On Thursday, former Vice President Mike Pence visited Poland’s border with Ukraine to meet with refugees crossing from Ukraine to Poland to escape the ongoing Russian invasion.
Pence traveling with Samaritan’s Purse, an evangelical Christian humanitarian organization, was accompanied by his wife, Karen Pence, the organization’s vice president of operations, Edward Graham, the son of the organization’s president, evangelical pastor Franklin Graham.
In a tweet on Thursday announcing he had met with the women and children fleeing Ukraine through the Korczowa border crossing, Pence called for prayers and donations to Samaritan’s Purse and other relief organizations.
He also encouraged Americans to “stand together as one with the people of Ukraine.”
Pence, who many believe will be making a bid for the White House in 2024, has been vocal in his condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Last week, the former Vice President made headlines when he told Republican National Committee donors that the GOP did not have room for “apologists for Putin,” seemingly a reference to statements made by former President Donald Trump.
A few days before Pence made that veiled comment, Trump had called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “genius” and “savvy” for choosing to invade Ukraine now.
Then, earlier this week, Advancing American Freedom, Pence’s advocacy group, launched a $10 million ad buy urging incumbent Democrats to throw their support behind American energy production instead of relying on Russian oil.