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Can Vice President Mike Pence save America?

Can Vice President Mike Pence save America?
President Donald Trump stands with Vice President Mike Pence during the 36th annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service on May 15 in Washington. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

To the editor: I agree with Jonah Goldberg: An official in the Republican Party has to control President Trump, and it will have to be someone who can’t be fired, like Vice President Mike Pence. (“Dear Vice President Pence: What are you thinking?” Opinion, May 16)

My husband and I just returned from Europe, and although we agreed not to get involved in political discussions, we were constantly approached by Europeans who expressed fear of a president who acts impulsively and speaks without facts. It was clear that our actions in the United States affect the political climate of European nations.

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Pence, I believe, genuinely cares about the state of the nation and is someone who is in a position to influence the president. I hope he finds the strength to do so.

Dolores Alpert, Irvine

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To the editor: Granted, if Pence aspires to be elected the next president, his boss must render a successful tenure. Toward that end, Pence might help most, as Goldberg suggests, by threatening to resign if Trump doesn't get his act together.

Goldberg may have a point. But he ignores a far easier and surer route for Pence to become president: Just keep giving Trump enough rope to hang himself. Once he's impeached and out of office, Pence assumes the presidency.

Sometimes standing pat provides the most expeditious route to a desired destination.

Edward Alston, Santa Maria

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