Pence Denies Urging Trump to Ride Out Hurricane Irma at Mar-a-Lago

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Vice President Mike Pence blames “fake news” on the rumor circulating in the media that he suggested to President Donald Trump that his TV ratings would go up if he rode out Hurricane Irma, a category 5 storm with 185 miles-per-hour winds, at Trump’s estate in South Florida, Mar-a-Lago.

“I never recommended Mar-A-Lago to the President nor did I suggest or even hint at Mar-a-Lago as a safe and appropriate place from which to monitor and provide leadership during the storm known as Hurricane Irma,” Pence said in a statement released this morning.

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The Pence statement went on to accuse news organizations of “shoddy fact-checking” and “outright lies” in attributing the Mar-a-Lago suggestion to him. “If the news media wants to be a source of information worthy of the American people’s trust, it should improve its news gathering and fact checking operations so that the information it provides to the citizens of this country is factual and accurate.”

The vice president’s statement contradicts a recording of a conversation he had with the president yesterday in the Oval Office in which a voice similar to his is heard saying Mar-a-Lago would be a “totally safe” place to ride out the storm and that he should “seriously consider” managing the storm response from there. He’s also heard saying it’s “fake news” that the storm has Mar-a-Lago in its path. “The news media tends to play up these storms,” he says. “They’re really never as bad as they’re made out to be. It’s part of an unholy alliance between the media and stores to sell food and supplies to panicked buyers.”

Pence is also heard saying he’ll stay in Indiana during the storm to stay “far away from the excitement” and “leave the spotlight to you, Mr. President. I’ll probably do something boring like look for new drapes with my wife.”

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