Vice President Mike Pence. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Vice President Mike Pence defended a State Department ban on flying the rainbow flag on U.S. embassy flagpoles during the LGBTQ Pride Month of June, telling NBC News Monday night "it's the right decision."

Details: Asked whether the policy "runs counter" to President Trump's tweet supporting Pride Month, Pence said: "We both feel that way very passionately, but when it comes to the American flagpole, and American embassies, and capitals around the world, one American flag flies."

The big picture: The vice president — who has a history of taking a stance against LGBTQ rights largely on the grounds of religious freedom — told NBC News there were "no restrictions" on rainbow flags being displayed elsewhere on American embassy premises.

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Biden to Trump: "I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life"

Former VP Joe Biden pushed back Thursday against allegations from President Trump, saying he had never profited from foreign sources. "Nothing was unethical," Biden told debate moderator Kristen Welker about his son Hunter's work in Ukraine while he was vice president.

Why it matters: Earlier on Thursday, Hunter Biden's former business partner, Tony Bobulinski, released a statement saying Joe Biden's claims that he never discussed overseas business dealings with his son were "false."

Trump claims COVID "will go away," Biden calls his response disqualifying

President Trump repeated baseless claims at the final presidential debate that the coronavirus "will go away" and that the U.S. is "rounding the turn," while Joe Biden argued that any president that has allowed 220,000 Americans to die on his watch should not be re-elected.

Why it matters: The U.S. is now averaging about 59,000 new coronavirus infections a day, and added another 73,000 cases on Thursday, according to the Covid Tracking Project. The country recorded 1,038 deaths due to the virus Thursday, the highest since late September.

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