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A few Taylor University students walked out during Vice President Pence‘ commencement address Saturday but he also got a chance to meet with a group that wanted to show him the majority of students on campus are fans of the former Indiana governor.

David Muselman, an incoming sophomore at Taylor, started an “I Like Mike” T-shirt campaign after reports in April that some students and alumni were upset, writing online they were “physically shaking” and “personally attacked” by the outspoken Christian leader’s invitation to the small evangelical school located in rural Indiana. The administration stood by its decision and, besides a few students walking out, the vice president was met with a standing ovation.

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When Pence found out about the “I Like Mike” campaign, he wanted to meet the students and thank them for their support.

“It was an honor and inspiring to meet with the second most powerful person in the free world who shares our same beliefs,” Muselman told Fox News Monday. “What’s better than that?”

Vice President Mike Pence met with "I Like Mike" supporters after his commencement address Saturday at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.

Vice President Mike Pence met with “I Like Mike” supporters after his commencement address Saturday at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. (Courtesy of David Muselman)

Pence urged the students, not as vice president or fellow Hoosiers, but as a brother in Christ to live out their Christian faith “because America needs men and women of integrity and faith now more than ever.”

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He told them “it’s become acceptable, even fashionable, to malign traditional Christian beliefs,” urging them to “be prepared to face opposition. But be confident. For the Bible says, ‘God has given us a spirit not of timidity, but of power and love and self-control.’ So go show the world every day that we can love God and love our neighbor at the same time. Our nation and our world needs it.”

After Pence shook each graduate’s hand, he then met with the “I Like Mike” student supporters.

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Muselman, after starting the campaign, got to end it on a high note, telling the vice president: “Taylor really does like you, Mike!”

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A few Taylor University students walked out during Vice President Pence‘ commencement address Saturday but he also got a chance to meet with a group that wanted to show him the majority of students on campus are fans of the former Indiana governor.

David Muselman, an incoming sophomore at Taylor, started an “I Like Mike” T-shirt campaign after reports in April that some students and alumni were upset, writing online they were “physically shaking” and “personally attacked” by the outspoken Christian leader’s invitation to the small evangelical school located in rural Indiana. The administration stood by its decision and, besides a few students walking out, the vice president was met with a standing ovation.

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When Pence found out about the “I Like Mike” campaign, he wanted to meet the students and thank them for their support.

“It was an honor and inspiring to meet with the second most powerful person in the free world who shares our same beliefs,” Muselman told Fox News Monday. “What’s better than that?”

Vice President Mike Pence met with "I Like Mike" supporters after his commencement address Saturday at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.

Vice President Mike Pence met with “I Like Mike” supporters after his commencement address Saturday at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. (Courtesy of David Muselman)

Pence urged the students, not as vice president or fellow Hoosiers, but as a brother in Christ to live out their Christian faith “because America needs men and women of integrity and faith now more than ever.”

MIKE PENCE WARNS CHRISTIAN GRADS TO PREPARE FOR RIDICULE FROM ‘SECULAR LEFT’

He told them “it’s become acceptable, even fashionable, to malign traditional Christian beliefs,” urging them to “be prepared to face opposition. But be confident. For the Bible says, ‘God has given us a spirit not of timidity, but of power and love and self-control.’ So go show the world every day that we can love God and love our neighbor at the same time. Our nation and our world needs it.”

After Pence shook each graduate’s hand, he then met with the “I Like Mike” student supporters.

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Muselman, after starting the campaign, got to end it on a high note, telling the vice president: “Taylor really does like you, Mike!”

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Dozens of graduates and faculty at Taylor University in Indiana walked out on Saturday’s ceremony just before Vice President Mike Pence took the stage to deliver a commencement address.

The protest came after students and faculty at the Christian liberal arts school of about 2,500 debated whether the presence of the state’s ex-governor would be appropriate, The Indianapolis Star reported. His invitation to the university had elicited mixed reaction from students, faculty and alumni.

Most of the school’s 494 graduates remained in their seats for his speech.

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Graduate Laura Rathburn said she was disappointed the school had involved Pence in Saturday’s ceremony. She told the paper she planned to walk out in protest and decorated her cap in rainbow colors with a message: “Ally Visible For Those Who Can’t Be.”

“I thought it was a really inappropriate decision. I think his presence makes it difficult for everyone at Taylor to feel welcomed,” she told the paper before the ceremony.

Other graduates and faculty in the school’s social work department wore stickers that read: “We are Taylor too” in protest of Pence’s presence.

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Vice President Mike Pence delivers the commencement address at Taylor University in Upland, Ind., on Saturday. 

Vice President Mike Pence delivers the commencement address at Taylor University in Upland, Ind., on Saturday.  (Twitter / Mike Pence )

“I knew it was going to be rough because he’s such a large political figure and this administration’s made some very unpopular and sometimes, like, harmful decision for people,” graduate Jennifer Nelson told The Star. “We have students from all over the world and like even students who have been impacted by some of this administration — not just the presidency but by Pence when he was governor here.”

Pence has come under for comments and policies that critics say discriminate against the LGBTQ community. And the administration has made one of its signature issues a tougher stance on immigration, particularly across the southern border with Mexico.

Several Change.org petitions gathered thousands of signatures asking the university to disinvite Pence. Other petitions supported the school’s decision.

“For me personally, I think we should identify as Christians first before we have political ties,” graduate Katie Tupper said.” That might not be an issue for everyone but I think that we struggle a lot at Taylor in trying not to raise our political views. … The purpose of this is recognize that we’re all a part of Taylor.”

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Some critics told the paper they weren’t opposed to Pence speaking at the school under different circumstances.

In 2017, dozens of students walked out before Pence spoke at a University of Notre Dame graduation ceremony. He most recently warned graduating seniors at Liberty University in Virginia to be prepared for persecution from what he described as the “secular left.”

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Dozens of graduates and faculty at Taylor University in Indiana walked out on Saturday’s ceremony just before Vice President Mike Pence took the stage to deliver a commencement address.

The protest came after students and faculty at the Christian liberal arts school of about 2,500 debated whether the presence of the state’s ex-governor would be appropriate, The Indianapolis Star reported. His invitation to the university had elicited mixed reaction from students, faculty and alumni.

Most of the school’s 494 graduates remained in their seats for his speech.

TAYLOR UNIVERSITY STUDENT STARTS ‘I LIKE MIKE’ CAMPAIGN IN SUPPORT OF PENCE

Graduate Laura Rathburn said she was disappointed the school had involved Pence in Saturday’s ceremony. She told the paper she planned to walk out in protest and decorated her cap in rainbow colors with a message: “Ally Visible For Those Who Can’t Be.”

“I thought it was a really inappropriate decision. I think his presence makes it difficult for everyone at Taylor to feel welcomed,” she told the paper before the ceremony.

Other graduates and faculty in the school’s social work department wore stickers that read: “We are Taylor too” in protest of Pence’s presence.

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Vice President Mike Pence delivers the commencement address at Taylor University in Upland, Ind., on Saturday. 

Vice President Mike Pence delivers the commencement address at Taylor University in Upland, Ind., on Saturday.  (Twitter / Mike Pence )

“I knew it was going to be rough because he’s such a large political figure and this administration’s made some very unpopular and sometimes, like, harmful decision for people,” graduate Jennifer Nelson told The Star. “We have students from all over the world and like even students who have been impacted by some of this administration — not just the presidency but by Pence when he was governor here.”

Pence has come under for comments and policies that critics say discriminate against the LGBTQ community. And the administration has made one of its signature issues a tougher stance on immigration, particularly across the southern border with Mexico.

Several Change.org petitions gathered thousands of signatures asking the university to disinvite Pence. Other petitions supported the school’s decision.

“For me personally, I think we should identify as Christians first before we have political ties,” graduate Katie Tupper said.” That might not be an issue for everyone but I think that we struggle a lot at Taylor in trying not to raise our political views. … The purpose of this is recognize that we’re all a part of Taylor.”

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Some critics told the paper they weren’t opposed to Pence speaking at the school under different circumstances.

In 2017, dozens of students walked out before Pence spoke at a University of Notre Dame graduation ceremony. He most recently warned graduating seniors at Liberty University in Virginia to be prepared for persecution from what he described as the “secular left.”

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg ripped President Trump on Friday over allegations of past affairs and sexual misconduct while questioning the support the president enjoys from the religious right.

The South Bend, Indiana mayor – a one-time long-shot for the nomination whose surge over the past two months has made him a legitimate contender for the Democratic nomination – drew attention to Trump’s payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Trump. The president has repeatedly denied the affair with Daniels took place.

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Healso accused leaders of the religious right of “hypocrisy”  for supporting someone like Trump, whom he targeted as morally lacking.

“I’m old enough to remember when Republicans talked a lot about character in the Oval Office,” Buttigieg said in an interview with Fox News.

“And I’m a little bit puzzled that some leading figures on the religious right can look at somebody who has the track record that this president has on everything from the boasting about sexual misconduct to the payoff to somebody he’s having an affair and believe that that person ought to be the moral as well as the political leader of this nation. To put it mildly it seems inconsistent,” the mayor said.

Pointing to Trump’s payment of $130,000 to Daniels, Buttigieg charged that “the revelations about the payoff to the adult film actress he was allegedly having an affair with is just a concern on a moral level, but it has some pretty troubling legal implications too. So sometimes personal conduct and official or legal implications intertwine.”

Buttigieg made his comments one day after the president – in an interview with Fox News – supported Buttigieg’s status as a married gay man. The candidate, if elected, would become the nation’s first gay president.

“I think it’s absolutely fine. I do,” the president told Fox News host Steve Hilton.

“I think it’s great. I think that’s something that perhaps some people will have a problem with. I have no problem with it whatsoever. I think it’s good,” Trump stressed.

Hilton’s full interview with the president will air Sunday night on the Fox News Channel.

Buttigieg on Friday also took aim once again at Vice President Mike Pence, accusing the former Indiana governor of advancing “homophobic policies.”

“I don’t know what’s in his heart,” Buttigieg said in an interview conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that aired Friday. But he added that “if you’re in public office and you advance homophobic policies, on some level it doesn’t matter whether you do that out of political calculation or whether you do it out of sincere belief.”

“The problem is, it’s hurting other people,” Buttigieg pointed out.

Buttigieg and Pence have bene clashing in recent weeks over issues affecting the LGBT community.

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In a Fox News interview earlier this week, the vice president said it was “disappointing” to see both Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden criticizing him on the campaign trail.

And pointing to Buttigieg, Pence teased that “if he wins their party’s nomination, we’ll have a lot more to say about him.”

Last month Pence accused Buttigieg of attacking his faith to stand out in a crowded Democratic primary field of contenders.

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg ripped President Trump on Friday over allegations of past affairs and sexual misconduct while questioning the support the president enjoys from the religious right.

The South Bend, Indiana mayor – a one-time long-shot for the nomination whose surge over the past two months has made him a legitimate contender for the Democratic nomination – drew attention to Trump’s payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Trump. The president has repeatedly denied the affair with Daniels took place.

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Healso accused leaders of the religious right of “hypocrisy”  for supporting someone like Trump, whom he targeted as morally lacking.

“I’m old enough to remember when Republicans talked a lot about character in the Oval Office,” Buttigieg said in an interview with Fox News.

“And I’m a little bit puzzled that some leading figures on the religious right can look at somebody who has the track record that this president has on everything from the boasting about sexual misconduct to the payoff to somebody he’s having an affair and believe that that person ought to be the moral as well as the political leader of this nation. To put it mildly it seems inconsistent,” the mayor said.

Pointing to Trump’s payment of $130,000 to Daniels, Buttigieg charged that “the revelations about the payoff to the adult film actress he was allegedly having an affair with is just a concern on a moral level, but it has some pretty troubling legal implications too. So sometimes personal conduct and official or legal implications intertwine.”

Buttigieg made his comments one day after the president – in an interview with Fox News – supported Buttigieg’s status as a married gay man. The candidate, if elected, would become the nation’s first gay president.

“I think it’s absolutely fine. I do,” the president told Fox News host Steve Hilton.

“I think it’s great. I think that’s something that perhaps some people will have a problem with. I have no problem with it whatsoever. I think it’s good,” Trump stressed.

Hilton’s full interview with the president will air Sunday night on the Fox News Channel.

Buttigieg on Friday also took aim once again at Vice President Mike Pence, accusing the former Indiana governor of advancing “homophobic policies.”

“I don’t know what’s in his heart,” Buttigieg said in an interview conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that aired Friday. But he added that “if you’re in public office and you advance homophobic policies, on some level it doesn’t matter whether you do that out of political calculation or whether you do it out of sincere belief.”

“The problem is, it’s hurting other people,” Buttigieg pointed out.

Buttigieg and Pence have bene clashing in recent weeks over issues affecting the LGBT community.

PENCE WARNS CHRISTIAN GRADUATES TO PREPARE FOR RIDICULE FROM ‘SECULAR LEFT’

In a Fox News interview earlier this week, the vice president said it was “disappointing” to see both Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden criticizing him on the campaign trail.

And pointing to Buttigieg, Pence teased that “if he wins their party’s nomination, we’ll have a lot more to say about him.”

Last month Pence accused Buttigieg of attacking his faith to stand out in a crowded Democratic primary field of contenders.

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Vice President Mike Pence had a sobering message Saturday as he delivered a commencement address at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

Pence warned graduating seniors of the Christian university that they needed to prepare for persecution from critics he described as “the secular left.”

“Some of the loudest voices for tolerance today have little tolerance for traditional Christian beliefs,” the vice president warned, according to the Washington Times. “So as you go about your daily life, just be ready.”

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As an example, Pence pointed to a “bevy of Hollywood liberals” who’ve been waging a boycott effort against the state of Georgia, whose Republican governor, Brian Kemp, recently signed a strict pro-life “heartbeat” abortion bill into law.

The vice president noted that strident criticism against Christians is relatively new in American experience.

“Throughout most of American history, it’s been pretty easy to call yourself Christian,” Pence told the gathering, according to USA Today. “It didn’t even occur to people that you might be shunned or ridiculed for defending the teachings of the Bible.”

According to the Christian Post, Pence said his wife Karen was subjected to “harsh attacks by the media and the secular left” when she returned to teaching at a Christian elementary school earlier this year.

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“These attacks on Christian education are un-American,” Pence said, according to the Post, adding that President Trump and his administration have taken “decisive action to protect religious liberty.”

In 2017, Liberty University was the first college where President Trump delivered a commencement address since taking office. The school’s president, Jerry Falwell Jr., has been a staunch supporter of the president.

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Vice President Mike Pence says “it’s time to dial down the rhetoric on Capitol Hill,” after Democrats declared a “constitutional crisis” and voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress.

“The President and I fully support Attorney General Barr’s decision to refuse to testify under the conditions that the Judiciary Committee put forward,” Pence said in an interview on Fox & Friends with host Pete Hegseth from St. Paul, Minnesota which aired Friday.

“I was on the Judiciary Committee for more than a decade. I don’t have any memory of a member of the cabinet ever being questioned by committee staff. And I served under Republican and Democrat presidents.”

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Barr refused to show up for the second day of testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee in April regarding his summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation, after Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y. insisted committee lawyers be allowed to question him instead of the usual members.

The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to hold the attorney general in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena for the unredacted version of Mueller’s report and other documents related to the investigation.

“This is not a constitutional crisis. This can be resolved. We’ll leave it to the attorney general to work out arrangements,” Pence said.

The Senate Intelligence Committee also subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr. on Wednesday. Trump Jr. testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017 that he knew “peripherally” about a deal to build Trump Tower in Russia but Michael Cohen, Trump’s ex-lawyer testified to the Senate in February that he spoke to Trump Jr. about it approximately 10 times.

Pence doubled down on the subpoena saying the decision to call on Trump Jr. again to testify is “frustrating to millions of Americans.”

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“For two and a half years this administration and the Trump family fully cooperated with the special counsel,” Pence said. “Literally, millions of pages of documents. Thousands of hours of testimony and cooperation and, and the Mueller report is in. No collusion. No obstruction. As the Senate majority leader said on the floor of the Senate this week, Mitch McConnell said: Case closed.”

Pence visited Minnesota Thursday to promote the thriving economy and garner support for the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement, which he hopes will go to a vote in Congress by the end of the year.

The vice president also took aim at Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., in her home state, saying she has “no place on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Democratic leadership ought to remove her.”

His comments stem from past tweets by Omar that were perceived as anti-Semitic and criticized Israel, comments that she has since apologized for.

“Ilhan Omar has made statements, anti-Semitic comments, statements against our most cherished ally Israel that ought to be rejected by every American. And frankly, the fact that very recently she’s been trying to blame the United States of America for the deprivation and the poverty brought on by the dictatorship in Venezuela… the people of Minnesota will decide whether or not she remains in Congress,” Pence said.

Pence’s visit occurred simultaneously as President Trump continued trade negotiations with China’s Vice Premier Liu, back in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, talks which came to an end on Friday.

Trump raised tariffs on China in an effort to force renegotiations in regard to intellectual property theft but tweeted Friday “there is absolutely no need to rush,” even as some worry about the trade war’s impact on the global economy.

“We believe a deal is possible but what President Trump has made clear is we think we’re in a very strong position either way,” Pence said. The interview was recorded Thursday.

Pence also defended Trump’s stance on North Korea, another foreign power whose negotiations with the U.S. have tensed in recent days.

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North Korea fired three short-range missiles on Thursday, ramping up pressure on the U.S. to concede sanctions in denuclearization talks.

“President Trump truly believes that Chairman Kim wants to negotiate but as he said yesterday, doesn’t look like he wants to negotiate right now,” Pence said. “We’re going to continue to stand firm.”

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After an unexpected public backlash when Vice President Pence was tapped as commencement speaker, a Taylor University student started an “I Like Mike” campaign to show the overwhelming majority at the small Christian college in rural Indiana support the state’s former governor.

David Muselman, 20, a freshman finance major from Berne, told Fox News he started the campaign because he couldn’t believe the backlash after the university announced Pence would be speaking at its May 18 commencement.

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Some upset students and alumni launched a petition to have Pence’s invitation rescinded, saying they felt “personally attacked” and were “physically shaking.” Critics said students would “feel unsafe at their own graduation.”

The backlash received national headlines.

Taylor University students Sam Bartu, 20, David Muselman, 20, and Billy Potter, 19. Muselman, in the middle, started the "I Like Mike" campaign to show the majority of Taylor supports Vice President Mike Pence.

Taylor University students Sam Bartu, 20, David Muselman, 20, and Billy Potter, 19. Muselman, in the middle, started the “I Like Mike” campaign to show the majority of Taylor supports Vice President Mike Pence. (Courtesy of David Muselman)

“My whole motive behind selling these ‘I Like Mike’ T-shirts was to tell the world that a huge majority of campus was thrilled at Taylor’s decision,” Muselman said. “The silent majority is in full-fledged support, while a very, very small minority is not supportive.”

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Paul Lowell Haines, the president of Taylor, praised the vice president as a “good friend to the university over many years,” and “a Christian brother whose life and values have exemplified what we strive to instill in our graduates.”

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The university stands by its decision to feature Pence as its graduation speaker.

“Since making the announcement of Vice President Mike Pence’s upcoming commencement speech, we have received feedback from people on either side of the issue,” said Taylor University spokesman James Garringer. “Taylor University is an intentional Christian community that strives to encourage positive, respectful and meaningful dialogue.”

A handful of the students who bought "I Like Mike" t-shirts from freshman student, David Muselman, to show their support for Vice President Mike Pence ahead of his commencement speech later this month.

A handful of the students who bought “I Like Mike” t-shirts from freshman student, David Muselman, to show their support for Vice President Mike Pence ahead of his commencement speech later this month. (Courtesy of David Muselman)

Muselman said he quickly sold out of T-shirts, which the students wore to chapel on May 3 and many said they plan to wear them a few more times before Pence’s speech later this month.

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“After wearing my shirt, people from all over campus – students, faculty, maintenance employees, etc. – have all said they love it and are in support of Vice President Pence,” Muselman added. “Taylor likes Mike!”

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A senior Navy official who told sailors to “clap like we’re at a strip club” during a visit from Vice President Mike Pence last week has resigned, the service announced Tuesday.

Command Master Chief Jonas Carter of the USS Harry S. Truman stepped down from his position as the ship’s enlisted leader and will retire, Capt. Nick Dienna, the commanding officer of the vessel, said in a Facebook post to crew members.

“Onboard USS Harry S. Truman, we measure ourselves by the highest standards of professionalism and personal integrity,” Dienna wrote. “I commend Master Chief Carter for having the forthrightness and the courage to uphold this ethos by taking responsibility and holding himself accountable for his comments.”

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The U.S. Navy confirmed to Fox News the statement was made when Pence visited the ship last week, calling the comments “inappropriate.”

Command Master Chief Jonas Carter has resigned after telling sailors to “clap like we’re at a strip club” during a visit from Vice President Mike Pence last week.

Command Master Chief Jonas Carter has resigned after telling sailors to “clap like we’re at a strip club” during a visit from Vice President Mike Pence last week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joseph A.D. Phillips)

“Truman’s commanding officer personally engaged the crew during all-hands calls to ensure that all sailors on board understand that the comments they heard are unacceptable,” the Navy said at the time.

Dienna shared a statement from Carter in the Facebook post, which read in part: “When you find yourself making a mistake, own it, accept responsibility and learn from it. Today, I want each of you to know that I have taken full responsibility of my mistake last week and together with my family, I have decided to retire.”

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Carter served for nearly 30 years in the Navy, according to Dienna.

“During his seventeen years of wearing his anchors, from his leadership aboard three aircraft carriers and as CMC of the USS Chancellorsville, Master Chief Carter has touched the lives of thousands of sailors and has molded countless future leaders in our Navy,” Dienna wrote. “I’ve seen firsthand – and the more than 3,000 sailors aboard Truman can testify to – the incredible impact he’s made to our command.”

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Pence had toured the vessel in Norfolk, Va., and thanked those who served.

The Navy had announced plans to scrap the aircraft carrier in February as part of a cost-saving move to bring in more advanced aircraft carriers. The Navy said that the move not to refuel the Truman (with a new nuclear reactor, normally done at the mid-point of ship’s life after 25 years) and retire her early would save $30 billion.

But lawmakers on both sides of the aisles opposed the decision.

The following day, President Trump said he was “overriding the Decommission Order of the magnificent aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman.”

Trump said the ship will be “updated at a fraction of the cost of a new one (which also are being built)!”

Fox News’ Kathleen Joyce contributed to this report.

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