This week, Vice-President Mike Pence called a White House meeting with UN ambassador Nikki Haley, USAID director Mark Green, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, in order to fulfill a pledge made to his constituents that he would help Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq who were targeted by ISIS.
The Vice-President had said earlier in a speech to the ‘In Defense of Christians annual Solidarity Dinner’ that the United Nations has "often failed to help the most vulnerable communities, especially religious minorities."
“We will no longer rely on the United Nations alone to assist persecuted Christians and minorities in the wake of genocide and the atrocities of terrorist groups.”
“The United States will work hand in hand from this day forward with faith-based groups and private organizations to help those who are persecuted for their faith. This is the moment, now is the time, and America will support these people in their hour of need.”
At the White House meeting, former Republican Representative Frank Wolf also attended.
He will be overseeing the organizational issues of Mr. Pence’s plan and praised the Trump and Pence Administration for taking quick action to get this issue sorted: "This administration is acting on the president's policy to direct much-needed resources and relief to Christians, Yazidis and other persecuted for their faith in the Middle East."
Mr. Wolf added that it was his wish that Iraqi religious minorities could have been present at the meeting to witness the Trump Administration's commitment to their hardship.
"There is a famous quotation that says, ‘Silence in the face of evil is evil itself. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act,'" Mr. Wolf stated further.
Christian communities in Iraq have welcomed VP Pence’s actions.