Mike Pence, former Vice President, called Donald Monday Trump We are sorry for hosting a dinner at Mar-a-Lago hosted by the former president and white supremacist organizer Nick Fuentes.

“President Trump was wrong to give a white nationalist, an antisemite and a Holocaust denier a seat at the table, and I think he should apologize for it,” Pence spoke in an interview with NewsNation. “And he should denounce those individuals and their hateful rhetoric without qualification.”

Pence then defended his tenure. Trump’s second in command, arguing that while Trump Had been shown “profoundly poor judgement” In “giving those individuals a seat at the table,” he doesn’t “believe Donald Trump is an antisemite.”

“I don’t believe he’s a racist or a bigot. I would not have been his vice president if he was.”

The weekend will be Trump confirmed he had dined last week with Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, and Fuentes, though claimed he didn’t know who Fuentes was. Trump Since then, he has faced furious backlash and rare rebukes by some Republicans. He has attempted to distance himself form both of these figures. According to TrumpThe dinner was to have been with Ye who invited Fuentes as his guest.

Fuentes, a vocal opponent of his antisemitic and racist views, has denied the Holocaust happened The event was attended by “Unite the Right” 2017 Charlottesville, Virginia neoNazi rally. Ye was dropped by his professional associates and removed from social media platforms last week after making several antisemitic statements.

Ye said after the meal that Trump This was “really impressed” Fuentes Fuentes. told The New York Times Axios That Trump Fuentes was praised at the dinner, and at one point, he said, “he gets me.”

Tensions between Trump Since the U.S. Capitol riot of 1872, when Pence and other high ranking officials were present, Pence’s popularity has been elevated. Trump’s supporters chanted “Hang Mike Pence” because he wouldn’t help Trump You can overturn the results of the 2020 election.

Pence, who is believed to be thinking about a run for president in 2024. “looking for new leadership” Following the disappointing midterm election results, especially for Republicans candidates backed by Trump.

Trump His campaign was announced earlier in the month.