Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo address Christian pro-Israel summit

Mike Pence,John Hagee

Vice President Mike Pence, left, greets Pastor John Hagee, founder and chairman of Christians United for Israel, before speaking at CUFI’s annual summit on July 8, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Source: Religion News Service

BY Jack Jenkins

(RNS) — Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo both addressed a Christian pro-Israel group Monday (July 8), lifting up the U.S. ally as a bastion of inclusivity and railing against Iran.

Pence and Pompeo delivered their remarks at the annual summit of Christians United for Israel, a conservative Christian organization led by the Rev. John Hagee, which claims more than 6 million members.

Both politicians used the opportunity to defend the administration and champion what they argued were President Trump’s successes.

Pence spoke first, taking time to push back against recent comments by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez comparing detention facilities used to house undocumented immigrants to concentration camps.

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