On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence declared that ISIS is dead.
“The caliphate has crumbled and [the Islamic State] has been defeated,” Pence told the Global Chiefs of Mission conference at the State Department Wednesday.
Some noted how ill-timed his speech was, considering just hours earlier ISIS terrorists claimed responsibility for an explosion in Manbij, Syria that killed American troops during a routine patrol.
In context with that tragic news, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) had the opposite message.
Still, Pence's press secretary insists he had been briefed on the Manbij attack and said their "hearts went out" to the fallen.
President Trump has repeatedly declared that his administration has defeated ISIS, including when he announced his unpopular decision to pull U.S. troops from Syria.
We've "defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there," Trump tweeted last month.
"Thanks to the leadership of this commander in chief and the courage and sacrifice of our armed forces, we’re now actually able to begin to hand off the fight against ISIS in Syria to our coalition partners and we’re bringing our troops home,” Pence echoed the commander-in-chief on Wednesday.