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Taking Trump's Place in Asia, Pence Can't Escape West Wing Drama

  • White House intrigue undermines Pence bid to reassure allies
  • Vice president represented Trump on four-country trip in Asia
Mike Pence with other world leaders in Port Moresby on Nov. 17
Mike Pence with other world leaders in Port Moresby on Nov. 17Photographer: Saeed Khan/AFP via Getty Images

As the White House descended into a hornets’ nest of infighting, intrigue and drama, Vice President Mike Pence was on the other side of the world last week behaving more like a traditional U.S. commander-in-chief.

During a week-long trip to Asia aimed at reassuring U.S. allies about the stability of America’s commitment to the region, Pence did what President Donald Trump rarely does: stay on message, calm nervous security partners and clearly lay out a vision for American foreign policy.