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In Delicate Dance, Pence Translates For Trump Abroad

Vice President Pence holds a press conference at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago on Wednesday. / MARTIN BERNETTI / Getty Images

While President Trump spent the week mired in controversy, Vice President Pence was on a five-day tour of Latin America. He might as well have been in an alternate universe, one where Trump always says the right things in the right way and leads with broad shoulders.

Overseas, Pence has taken on the role of Chief Trump Translator, offering reassurance to allies in soothing tones while projecting unflinching loyalty to the president by quoting him repeatedly and with reverence.

In just one speech to business leaders in Argentina, Pence referenced or quoted Trump 22 times. The version of

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