The story sparked a flood of conversation online, particularly over Mike Pence's 2002 comment to The Hill that he does not dine privately with other women or attend events with alcohol unless his wife is there. He also referenced reports that he doesn't eat alone with women other than his wife following intense interest in the topic online this week.
He also joked "Speaking of my wife Karen, she's really sorry she couldn't be with us today, she already had dinner plans," Pence joked during a speech in Columbus, Ohio.
According to his beliefs, The concept of avoiding all possible temptations of the flesh stems from Billy Graham's 1948 'Modesto Manifesto'.
Graam explained this part of the manifesto on his website: 'We all knew of evangelists who had fallen into immorality while separated from their families by travel. We pledged among ourselves to avoid any situation that would have even the appearance of compromise or suspicion.'
'From that day on, I did not travel, meet or eat alone with a woman other than my wife. We determined that the Apostle Paul’s mandate to the young pastor Timothy would be ours as well: “Flee … youthful lusts.”'
The rule that prohibits a husband from dining with another woman alone does not seem to have an exception for female colleagues.
And it seems that Trump supported him when he addressed the topic , quipping during a signing ceremony for a pair of executive orders on trade: "I tell you one thing, he has one hell of a good marriage going."