Even in the countries the administration is supposedly focused on, the U.S. State Department has been MIA. Whether in appointments, announcements or vision, Tillerson and his team have left an unprecedented vacuum.
In Latin America Vice President Pence finds himself in a role now familiar to many White House officials: telling leaders abroad that they should ignore his boss’ bluster. Truth is there’s often little change from the past.
Yes, Pence is trying to clear up the damage done by President Trump’s clumsy remarks. But let’s not lose sight of the countries the vice president is visiting and the vice president’s rhetoric on his listening tour—even after he cut it short.