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Pence: Barring Pride flag on embassy flagpoles ‘the right decision’

A screen capture of Vice President Mike Pence’s interview with NBC News.

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence told NBC News that barring the LGBTQ Pride flag from U.S. embassy flagpoles was “the right decision.”

In an interview, Pence told the network that he was aware of the policy and supported it.

From NBC News:

“As the president said on the night we were elected, we’re proud to be able to serve every American,” Pence said when pressed about what he would say to the LGBTQ community that feels the decision runs counter to President Donald Trump celebrating Pride Month in a tweet.

“We both feel that way very passionately, but when it comes to the American flagpole, and American embassies, and capitals around the world, one American flag flies,” the vice president added.

The administration had barred flying the Pride flag on the official embassy flagpoles last week. But, since there was no restriction on flying it in other areas of an embassy, many have been putting it anywhere they can.

State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told NBC on Monday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “respects the dignity of every individual” but did not believe other flags should fly alongside the American flag at U.S. embassies.

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