Vice President Mike Pence defended Trump's Twitter humiliation of his own Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Fox News host Tucker Carlson on his show Wednesday.
"Well look, I think the president's been very candid," he said, "that he's disappointed with the attorney general's decision to recuse himself and to not know about his intention to do so before he was confirmed as the attorney general of the United States.
"But I have to tell you Tucker," he said, "you've been around Washington for a long time, I know the Washington way is to talk behind people's backs. But that's not President Donald Trump's approach.
"One of the great things about this president is you always know where you stand," he concluded.
"The American people like about this president is he speaks candidly, he speaks openly," Pence continued. "He's expressed his disappointment but that doesn't mean that we don't recognize the good work that the Justice Department has been doing under the attorney general's leadership.
"Taking on MS13 gangs, removing them from the streets, confronting sanctuary cities, rolling back that policy across the country." he concluded.
"I think it's the public expression of it that rattles people," Carlson challenged. "The idea that you would attack someone who works for you on Twitter and I wonder if you worry personally if the president was displeased with you that he might tweet about you that way. Does that ever occur to you?"
"Well, I think one of the president's virtues is his candor," Pence repeated.
"Right," Carlson agreed.
Carlson has pleaded with the president from his show to stop what he called the humiliation and "suffering" of Trump's friend who supported his candidacy when others didn't.