Presidential hopeful and former Vice President Mike Pence has drawn shock and criticism for appearing to state that the degradation of America is not his concern.

The comment came during a sit-down interview with Tucker Carlson at The Family Leadership Summit in Des Moines, Iowa.

There, Pence discussed the fate of America’s economy under President Joe Biden, January 6, the 2020 election and America’s role in arming Ukraine in its war with Russia.

Pence expressed his belief that “it is in the interest of the United States of America to continue to give the Ukrainian military the resources that they need to repell the Russian invasion and restore their sovereignty” – only to be booed by the crowd.

Bewildered by his ongoing support for supplying Ukraine with financial aid, Tucker asked why the former vice president wasn’t more focused on the well-being of American citizens over Ukrainians.

“I’m sorry, Mr. Vice President, have you – I know you’re running for president, you are distressed that the Ukrainians don’t have enough American tanks. Every city in the United States has become much worse over the past three years. Drive around. There’s not one city that’s gotten better in the United States. And it’s visible,” Tucker said, according to the Daily Wire

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“Our economy has degraded, the suicide rate has jumped, public filth and disorder and crime have exponentially increased,” he said. “And yet your concern is that the Ukrainians, a country most people can’t find on a map, who’ve received tens of billions of U.S. tax dollars, don’t have enough tanks.”

Tucker then asked, “I think it’s a fair question to ask, like, where’s the concern for the United States in that?” to which Pence replied: “Well, it’s not my concern.”

“Tucker, I’ve heard that routine from you before. But that’s not my concern,” Pence added, the Wire reported.

“I’m running for president in the United States, because I think this country is in a lot of trouble. I think Joe Biden has weakened America at home and abroad,” he said, “And as President of the United States, we’re going to restore law and order in our cities.

“We’re going to secure our border, we’re going to get this economy moving again. And we’re going to make sure that we have men and women on our courts at every level that will stand for the right to life and defend all the God-given liberties enshrined in our Constitution.”

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