International desk – The topic was expected to arise Saturday in Pence’s talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who spoke ahead of the US vice president during the security forum in Munich, according to CNN broadcaster.
With Pence seated in the front row at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, Merkel urged against protectionist politics, insisting countries look ahead instead of backward.
She also defended journalists, affirming that freedom of the press is a “pillar of democracy,” a tacit rejection of Trump’s tirade against the media.
In speaking at the Munich forum weeks after taking office, Pence mimicked his predecessor, Joe Biden, who addressed the conference in 2009.
Then, like now, the vice president offered a sweeping first glimpse of the new administration’s foreign policy prescriptions.
Biden called for a reset of ties with Russia and insisted that US partnerships around the globe be improved when he spoke in 2009.
Pence is on his first trip abroad since taking office. He’s also due in Brussels on Monday for talks with European leaders and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
Trump has not ventured overseas since taking office, though he has committed to attending a NATO leaders meeting and a Group of 7 summit scheduled for May.