SALT LAKE CITY — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints discussed religious liberty and faith during a meeting in Salt Lake City Thursday morning.
“We were pleased to honor the request of United States Vice President Michael R. Pence to meet with Church leaders during his time in Salt Lake City,” a statement from the Latter-day Saint church said. “President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of Twelve and Elder Jack N. Gerard of the Seventy met briefly with him at his hotel, where they spoke of the value of faith and religious liberty in America and expressed our appreciation for his leadership.”
Pence’s main reason for visiting Salt Lake City was to visit Merit Medical, a manufacturer of disposable medical supplies. He toured Merit Medical’s facility and spoke on the U.S. economy and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
SALT LAKE CITY – Vice President Mike Pence is in Utah Thursday to visit Merit Medical in South Jordan.
The facility is one of the leading manufacturers of disposable medical supplies.
Pence and his team arrived at Salt Lake City International Airport Wednesday night.
Hundreds of supporters waited to greet the Vice President, and among them was the family of the late Mayor of North Ogden, Maj. Brent Taylor.
Jennie Taylor, Brent’s wife, said she got a call from the Trump administration asking her to help welcome the VP to the Beehive State.
“He commented on my husband’s service and having been a political figure who also chose to serve in the Army,” Taylor said. “He had been aware of us and our family and … it’s just such a touching experience to hear one of the leaders of the free world telling us thank you.”
Pence will visit Merit Medical before returning to Washington D.C. Thursday night. His last visit to Utah was in October of 2016, prior to the Presidential Election.
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah has a higher percentage of registered Republicans than any state in the nation, but the current Republican administration has gotten mixed signals from the Beehive State, which may explain why they seldom visit.
Donald Trump and Mike Pence received all six of Utah’s electoral votes in the 2016 election, but they only got 46 percent of Utah’s votes. At the time, 48 percent of Utah voters were registered Republicans.
Go back to Utah’s nominating caucuses, and the future President received only 14 percent of the vote, compared with 69 percent for Texas Senator Ted Cruz and 17 percent for former Ohio Governor John Kasich.
Trump campaigned in Utah on the Friday before the caucus, with a large and rowdy protest in the streets outside of his downtown Salt Lake City venue.
Pence visited Utah once prior to the general election and is making his first stop in the state as Vice President on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump visited Utah to sign an executive order shrinking Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments on December 4, 2017. Protesters greeted him at a stop at Welfare Square of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as well as outside the State Capitol, where he signed the orders before an invited crowd.
PACIFIC JUNCTION, Iowa — Vice President Mike Pence toured the flooded region around Council Bluffs and Mills County by helicopter Friday. He also visited a farm which had seen its worst flooding ever.
Pence visited Dennis Lincoln’s Ridgeview Farm southwest of Pacific Junction. Roads leading to the farm were basically closed, but they were cleaned up enough to allow the vice president access.
Pence said the damages from this flood are in excess of $1.6 billion. He said funds to help Midwest flood victims were added to a disaster assistance bill considered on April 1.
“Unfortunately, it was blocked by Democrats in the United States Senate. Hopefully today by coming here today and telling the story again, of not what happened in Iowa, what is still happening in Iowa, we’ll see people set politics aside and come together and give Iowa, Nebraska, the Midwest and all the states across this country the disaster assistance that you deserve.”
“You see the disaster and you can’t help but feel for the people that have been hurt,” said Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley. “The federal government for decades even before I went to Congress has been an insurer of last resort.”
Lincoln, the farm’s owner, said Pence was personable and interested in their situation.
“We talked about the flood of 1952, which was the worst flood we’d ever had before. This was a lot worse than that,” said Lincoln. “He said he would go back to Washington to try to do something to help us.”