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VP Pence Defends Decision to Bar Rainbow Flags Flying Outside U.S. Embassies

Vice President Mike Pence defends the State Department's decision to bar flying rainbow flags outside U.S. embassies during LGBT Pride Month.

Vice President Mike Pence defends the State Department’s decision against flying a rainbow flag at U.S. embassies around the world during LGBT Pride Month.

The vice president made the remarks during an interview Monday, touting the State Department saying it was the “right decision.”

Vice President Pence continued by saying there should only be one American flag to fly at embassies worldwide.

The vice president went on to reiterate he and President Trump are “proud to be able to serve every American.”

He also clarified there were no other restrictions to flying the rainbow flag at other locations within the embassies.

State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus explained the decision during a press briefing on Monday saying, “The secretary has the position that, as it relates to the flagpole, that only the American flag should be flown there.”

Ortagus also mentioned despite backlash Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, “Respects the dignity of every individual.”

Reports suggest just last week the White House denied at least four embassies’ requests to fly the rainbow flag, among them were Germany, Latvia, Israel, and Brazil.

Various embassies sent out press releases in response to the move displaying the rainbow flag hanging outside of the locations.

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