IN Focus: Pence defends Trump’s comments on Putin

INDIANAPOLIS - Gov. Mike Pence returned to the Hoosier State on Friday to receive his first intelligence briefing.

Pence also made headlines this past week, defending running mate Donald Trump's comments on Vladimir Putin.

"I think it's inarguable that Vladimir Putin has been a stronger leader in his country than Barack Obama has been in this country. And that's going to change the day that Donald Trump becomes president," Pence said in an interview with CNN.

In the video above, the IN Focus panel discusses Pence's controversial remarks, and this week's top stories from the campaign trail.

Pence also released his federal tax returns Friday.

The Republican candidate for vice president and his wife, Karen, brought in $113,026 in adjusted gross income in 2015 and paid $8,956 in federal income taxes.

“The Pence family has been honored to serve their state and their nation for the past 16 years, while raising three great children and putting them through college,” said Marc Lotter, Gov. Pence’s press secretary. “These tax returns clearly show that Mike and Karen Pence have paid their taxes, supported worthy causes, and, unlike the Clintons, the Pences have not profited from their years in public service.”

The Trump/Pence 2016 campaign noted that the Pence family donates ten percent of their take-home pay to charity, which reflects, on average, 7.42 percent of their adjusted gross income.

Trump’s tax returns have not been made publicly available yet.

Pence’s tax returns from 2006-2015 can be seen here.

Gov. Pence tax summary. (Graphic provided by the Trump/Pence 2016 campaign.)