Ocasio-Cortez accuses President Trump of conspiring ‘to steal public money’

Vice President Mike Pence defended himself against backlash over his choice of accommodations on his visit to Ireland.

Pence told reporters that he understood the “political attacks by Democrats” but pushed back at criticism over his stay at the Trump Doonbeg golf resort during an official visit to Ireland.

(Video: CBS News/YouTube)

“If you have a chance to get to Doonbeg, you’ll find it’s a fairly small place and the opportunity to stay at the Trump National in Doonbeg, to accommodate the unique footprint that comes with our security detail and other personnel, made it logical,” Pence said.

“We checked it with the State Department. They approved us staying there,” he added.

Pence, who along with second lady Karen Pence, traveled with his mother and sister in a visit which was rearranged to include the stop in Doonbeg where he has family ties. His official duties involving most of his meetings with Irish leaders actually were set in Dublin, more than 125 miles away.

“We followed normal protocol,” Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff, told reporters on Tuesday, adding that it was Trump’s recommendation.

Pence came under immediate fire for the move, criticized for the misuse of taxpayer dollars by requiring the extra travel to Dublin. Many blasted the decision as another example of how the visit benefits Trump and his properties.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined the cacophony of voices on the left slamming Trump and somehow connecting Pence’s lodgings with the president’s “racist immigration policies.”

“Virtually every policy Trump pursues works to steal public money & personally enrich himself & his friends,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Tuesday.  “It’s always about the con.”

She went on in another tweet, ranting that “racism works as the cover for the con” as “corruption isn’t popular policy.”

“That’s why addressing racism isn’t a ‘distraction’ – it’s key to understanding the hustle against working people,” she said. “Culturally, racism is used as the unspoken cudgel against pro-working class policy.”

Fellow Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu also chimed in, accusing Pence of “funneling taxpayer money” to Trump.

The Democratic National Committee also tweeted.

Meanwhile, the vice president was able to enjoy some real family connections on his visit.


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