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Pence Sharpens Shutdown Attacks in Remarks to Overseas Troops

  • Republicans say government closure risks nation’s defense
  • Defense Secretary Mattis says troops will remain in posts
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis Visits The Regional Middle East

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Vice President Mike Pence used a visit with U.S. troops in the Middle East to blast Democrats for the partial government shutdown back in Washington, saying “you deserve better,” even as military officials stress that essential operations won’t be affected.

“A minority in the Senate has decided to play politics with military pay,” Pence told soldiers in Jordan, near the Syrian border, on Sunday. “You and your families shouldn’t have to worry for one minute about whether you’re going to get paid as you serve in the uniform of the United States.”