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Trump's VP Mike Pence 'thinks Jesus tells him to say things'

President Donald Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, holds up a signed proclamation recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Picture: AP Photo/Evan Vucci
President Donald Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, holds up a signed proclamation recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Picture: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

VICE president Mike Pence is "scary" and "thinks Jesus tells him to say things", according to a former Trump administration official.

Omorosa Manigault Newman, who left the White House in December, cautioned critics of Donald Trump against impeachment, because it would mean the "extreme" Mr Pence would inherit the presidency.

"Can I just say this? As bad as y'all think Trump is, you would be worried about Pence," Ms Manigault Newman, who is starring in the US version of Big Brother, told housemates on Monday evening.

"Everybody that's wishing for impeachment might want to reconsider their lives. You would be begging for the days of Trump back if Pence became president. He's extreme.

"I'm Christian, I love Jesus. But he thinks Jesus tells him to say things, and I'm like, 'Jesus didn't say that.' Scary."

Ms Manigault Newman, the former White House director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison, also warned about the "crackdowns" being imposed on immigrants under the Trump administration.

"The crackdowns are happening and they're aggressive and they're intentional and they're about to get worse - but don't get me wrong, the Obama administration was aggressive on deportation, too," she said.

The 44-year-old claimed she always intended to quit her White House job after a year of service, though other reports suggested she was forced out by chief-of-staff John Kelly.

After leaving her role in December, the former contestant on Mr Trump's The Apprentice show admitted she was left "upset" by events she had seen in the Trump administration, suggesting those issues were race related.

Mr Trump has reportedly mocked Mr Pence's Evangelical Christian views on abortion and LGBT rights throughout his presidency. According to The New Yorker, he joked that Mr Pence "wants to hang" all gay people.

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