Former Pence Aide Pitches Damning Coronavirus Debate Questions For Ex-Boss


Olivia Troye, a former aide to Mike Pence, knows exactly what damning questions she’d ask the vice president at Wednesday’s debate with Democratic candidate Kamala Harris.

Troye, who served on the White House coronavirus task force led by Pence, on Tuesday told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell that she’d ask the vice president to explain President Donald Trump’s questionable behavior during the pandemic (such as removing his mask outside the White House on Monday, while he was likely still highly contagious) and constant undermining of the government’s messaging.

She’d also grill Pence on how he could continue to stand by the president.

“How does he explain that?” said Troye. “I would love an explanation of how you explain all of the work that we have done, you know since January, all of these months on this pandemic to keep Americans safe, how do you explain the behavior of the president and how do you stand by it?”

Troye, a lifelong Republican, left the White House in August after two years as Pence’s adviser on homeland security and counterterrorism and then the coronavirus.

Check out Troye’s comments on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” above.

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