In his first interview since becoming vice president-elect, Mike Pence appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace to discuss Donald Trump's administration's transition to the White House. During the interview, Pence confirmed that Trump has decided to prioritize the repeal of the Affordable Care Act "out of the gate" as a part of what Pence called an "aggressive agenda" Trump plans to pursue from day one in the White House.
Both Pence and Trump touted promises to repeal Obamacare, an agenda supported by many Republicans who have fought the Act since its inception. "Decisions have been made by the president-elect that he wants to focus out of the gate on repealing Obamacare, and beginning the process of replacing Obamacare with the kind of free market solutions that he campaigned on," Pence told Wallace.
This echoes statements made by the duo on November 1, when Trump called the Affordable Care Act a "catastrophe" and vowed to repeal it as soon as possible.
Pence also said Trump "we'll work on issues ranging from ending illegal immigration, reviving our economy through tax reform, rebuilding the military, restoring the infrastructure of this country."
The two also discussed the comparison some are drawing between former vice president Dick Cheney, who, as Wallace said, "played a big role in introducing another newcomer to Washington," and Pence. "I have high regard for the service that vice president Cheney provided to the United States, but the person who will define my role is the president-elect," Pence said.