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Politics'One American flag flies': Pence defends barring pride flags on U.S. embassy flagpoles

13:55  11 june  2019
13:55  11 june  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Pence on pride flag at embassies : I support ' one flag should fly '. June 10, 201901:00. WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence voiced support Monday for the Trump administration' s move to prohibit U . S . embassies from flying the rainbow pride flag on their flagpoles during

Pence said he was aware the State Department had said the American flag was the only flag that should fly on the flagpoles , and he added, “ I Vice President Mike Pence voiced support Monday for the Trump administration' s move to prohibit U . S . embassies from flying the rainbow pride flag on

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence voiced support Monday for the Trump administration's move to prohibit U.S. embassies from flying the rainbow pride flag on their flagpoles during LGBTQ Pride Month, telling NBC News that "it's the right decision."

In an interview with White House correspondent Kristen Welker, Pence confirmed an exclusive report from NBC News that said the U.S. Department of State had rejected requests from at least four U.S. embassies to fly the flag during June. Pence said he was aware the State Department had said the American flag was the only flag that should fly on the flagpoles, and he added, "I support that."

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The rainbow pride flag is flying inside embassies and on exterior walls, but has not been approved for the official embassy flagpoles . The administration is rejecting requests from U . S . embassies to fly the rainbow flag on flagpoles during June, LGBTQ Pride Month, say 3 U . S . diplomats.

Vice President Mike Pence voiced support Monday for the Trump administration' s move to prohibit U . S . embassies from flying the rainbow pride flag on "We both feel that way very passionately, but when it comes to the American flagpole , and American embassies , and capitals around the world, one

"As the president said on the night we were elected, we're proud to be able to serve every American," Pence said when pressed about what he would say to the LGBTQ community that feels the decision runs counter to President Donald Trump celebrating Pride Month in a tweet.

"We both feel that way very passionately, but when it comes to the American flagpole, and American embassies, and capitals around the world, one American flag flies," the vice president added.

Pence said that the Trump administration had "put no restrictions" on the pride flag or other flags flying elsewhere at U.S. embassies.

This month, American diplomatic posts have been flying the pride flag inside embassies or putting banners up on the exterior walls of buildings, but requests to put it on the embassy flagpole as was done in years past have been rejected.

One Flag Is Enough

One Flag Is Enough Where sovereign U.S. diplomatic outposts are concerned, the only flag that should be flown is the one with the 50 stars and 13 stripes. The Trump administration itself observes Pride Month, and Pence insisted that “we’re proud to be able to serve every American.” But: “The State Department indicated that on the flagpole of our American embassies that one flag should fly, and that’s the American flag, and I support that.” Not exactly Savanarola, there. But, of course, there is outrage, and the outrage is directed at Pence, because that is what he is there for.

Trump admin tells U . S . embassies they can't fly pride flag on flagpoles . The administration is rejecting requests from U . S . embassies to fly the rainbow flag on flagpoles during June, LGBT Pride Month, say 3 U . S . diplomats.

Pence said that the Trump administration had "put no restrictions" on the pride flag or other flags flying elsewhere at U . S . embassies . "We both feel that way very passionately, but when it comes to the American flagpole , and American embassies , and capitals around the world, one American

LGBTQ rights groups and some U.S. diplomats have raised concerns about the decision, arguing that it contradicts the Trump administration's claim to be a leader in promoting rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people around the world.

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, one of the ambassadors whose requests to fly the pride flag were rejected by Washington, is leading an administration campaign to decriminalize homosexuality around the world, and this month Trump even tweeted in support of LGBTQ Pride Month and the decriminalization campaign.

At the State Department, spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said Monday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "respects the dignity of every individual" but did not believe other flags should fly alongside the American flag at U.S. embassies.

'One American flag flies': Pence defends barring pride flags on U.S. embassy flagpoles© Evan Vucci Vice President Mike Pence during an event on the creation of a U. S. Space Force at the Pentagon on Aug. 9, 2018.

"The secretary has the position that as it relates to the flagpole that only the American flag should be flown there," Ortagus said.

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“Although the pride flag can and is being flown elsewhere on embassy grounds It would be as if the embassies were to suddenly put crucifixes on the front lawns to stand in That being said, the Trump administration has only barred the pride flag for being placed on the flagpole alongside the U . S . flag

Pence defends decision to ban Pride flags from flying at U . S . embassies . "But when it comes to the American flagpole at American embassies and American capitals around the world, having the one American flag fly , I think is the right decision," Pence continued.

In the interview Monday, Pence also wouldn't say whether Trump has read former special counsel Robert Mueller's report about Russian interference in the 2016 campaign and potential Trump campaign collusion.

And following the administration’s announcement of a deal with Mexico on border security to avert tariffs threatened by Trump, Pence would not say whether Mexico will pay for the wall the president hopes to build on the southern border, as he promised during the campaign.

"Let me say that the wall is being built," Pence said. "The president used his national emergency authority when the Congress wouldn't give us all the resources we need. We're constructing a wall as we speak."

Asked several times if he and the White House support the Department of Justice turning over underlying evidence from the Mueller report to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, Pence said, "We certainly do."

He also said he didn't have any concerns that would make it more likely Trump could be impeached, saying, "I really don't have any concerns about that, because I don't know why the Congress would consider a resolution like that."

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