Former Vice President Mike Pence received a not so warm welcome during his appearance at the annual National Rifle Association (NRA) convention on Friday afternoon.
After being introduced by NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre, Pence faced loud boos from across the room as attendees expressed what appeared to be a strong dislike for the former vice president and attempted to drown out those applauding him.
‘Well hello NRA,’ Pence began, to more boos.
One attendee then yelled above the boos, ‘We love you Mike!’
‘I love you too,’ Pence responded as a number of audience members laughed.
Former President Donald Trump, who spoke later in the day, appeared to joke at Pence’s expense over the boos, telling the crowd he heard they ‘made news’ with the welcome.
‘I hope you gave Pence a good warm approval,’ Trump said, as members of the crowd booed again.
Trump initially appeared as if he was going to stop the crowd from booing, telling them, ‘No, because he is a nice man if you want to really know the truth. He is. He’s a good man.’
He then, however, said he heard it was a ‘very rough’ appearance for Pence, and proceeded to continue joking about the exchange.
‘It’s a big news story. You’ve made news today. I don’t know what you did, but you made news today with the introduction you gave,’ he said, before going on to detail polls showing him leading all other declared and potential Republican presidential candidates, including Pence.