At roughly the same time, Pence blasted Russia in a statement issued by the campaign that said “the United States government will ensure there are serious consequences” if Russia is “interfering in our elections.” Last weekend, Pence, whose only son is a U.S. Marine, sought to quell the uproar Trump created by lashing out at Capt. jobHumayun Khan’s parents, who appeared at the Democratic convention and have criticized Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric. Their son was killed in Iraq. In a statement, Pence said he and Trump believe Khan is “an American hero” and said “his family, like all Gold Star families, should be cherished by every American.” He then shifted gears to praise Trump, who he said will “support our military and their families” and “defeat the enemies of our freedom.” He backed up those remarks at a Monday evening town hall meeting in Nevada, when the audience jeered a woman who asked how he can tolerate what she called Trump’s disrespect of American servicemen. Pence asked the crowd to quiet down and then said of the questioner: “That’s what freedom looks like. That’s what freedom sounds like.” Trump, meanwhile, wrote on Twitter that day: “Mr. Khan, who does not know me, viciously attacked me from the stage of the DNC and is now all over TV doing the same… Nice!” On Tuesday, Pence held a meeting with Arizona Sen.
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