Pence called the move “the right decision” in an interview with NBC News on Monday. The decision breaks from the Obama administration’s prior guidance that left the decision to fly the flag up to individual embassies. The Trump administration allowed embassies to display other Pride decorations, but prohibited the flying of the flag on embassy flagpoles.
The vice president characterized the move as a broader decision that “one flag should fly” on embassy flagpoles. “And I support that,” he added.
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“As the president said on the night we were elected, we’re proud to be able to serve every American,” Pence said when pressed by NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker on the apparent contradiction between the order and the President’s tweet celebrating Pride month.
“We both feel that way very passionately, but when it comes to the American flagpole at American embassies and capitals around the world, having the one American flag fly, I think is the right decision,” he added, underscoring the allowance for other displays not alongside the American flag on embassy flagpoles.
But the decision doesn’t seem to be sitting well with some ambassadors. In response to the initial reporting on the order, U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell gave a statement to NBC News that reads as a not-so-subtle jab at the decision:
“The President’s recognition of Pride Month and his tweet encouraging our decriminalization campaign gives me even more pride to once again march in the Berlin Pride parade, hang a huge banner on the side of the Embassy recognizing our pride, host multiple events at the Embassy and the residence, and fly the gay pride flag.”
Grenell is the highest-ranking openly gay official in the Trump administration and recently took the lead on the administration’s push to end the criminalization of homosexuality around the world.