Remarks by Vice President Pence at the 2019 AIPAC Policy Conference (Excerpts)

March 25, 2019

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, D.C.
10:33 A.M. EDT


In February, it was my great honor, along with my wife, Karen, to travel to Poland on the President’s behalf.  We represented the United States at an unprecedented gathering of leaders from more than 60 nations — leaders who sat down and openly discussed their joint commitment to peace and security in the Middle East.  It was a remarkable gathering.

And it was amazing to see leaders from across the region agree that the greatest threat to peace and security in the Middle East is the Islamic Republic of Iran.  (Applause.)

You know, the President’s critics predicted disaster when he withdrew from the Iran deal, but the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action didn’t prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.  It merely delayed the day when that vile regime would gain access to the world’s deadliest weapons.

Since then, the United States has implemented a maximum-pressure campaign to change Iran’s malign behavior and hold the regime accountable for its destructive actions.  And the campaign is working.

The Iranian people are protesting against the regime.  The Iranian economy is reeling under unprecedented U.S. sanctions.  And now Iran must choose between caring for its people and continuing to fund its proxies who destabilize the region and threaten Israel.  The Iranian regime openly advocates another Holocaust and seeks the means to achieve it.

But I can assure you, under President Donald Trump’s leadership, America will continue to stand strong.  We will continue to oppose Iran’s malign influence.  And under this President, America will never allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon.  (Applause.)


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