Mike Pence sensationally reveals he’s not endorsing Trump: ‘It should come as no surprise’ | EUROtoday

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Former vice chairman Mike Pence introduced that he wouldn’t endorse former president and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump in 2024 in an interview with Fox News on Friday.

Mr Pence’s phrases come after Mr Trump secured sufficient delegates to turn into the Republican nominee for president. Host Martha MacCaullum requested Mr Pence about how different Republican candidates for president backed the previous president and whether or not Mr Pence would.

“It should come as no surprise that I will not be endorsing Donald Trump this year,” he mentioned, whereas highlighting conservative accomplishments of the Trump administration. “But that being said, during my presidential campaign, I made it clear that there were profound differences between me and President Trump on a range of issues, and not just our difference on my constitutional duties that I exercised on January 6.”

Mr Pence, who served as Mr Trump’s vice chairman from 2017 till 2021, notably broke with Mr Trump in his resolution to not overturn the 2020 presidential election outcomes forward of the January 6 riot on the US Capitol. In response, Mr Trump’s supporters could possibly be heard yelling “Hang Mike Pence.”

The former vice chairman, who staged his personal run for president which he suspended earlier than major contests started, criticised Mr Trump strolling away from conservative values, particularly on spending and abortion.

“I mean, as I have watched his candidacy unfold, I’ve seen him walking away from our commitment to confronting the national debt, I’ve seen him starting to shy away from a commitment to the sanctity of human life,” he mentioned.

But Mr Pence additionally particularly criticised how Mr Trump reverse his place from signing an govt order to ban TikTok due to its possession by ByteDance, which relies in China, to opposing a ban on the video app.

“And this last week is his reversal on getting tough on China, and supporting our administration’s effort to force a sale of ByteDance TikTok,” he mentioned.

The US House of Representative overwhelmingly voted 352-65 on a chunk of laws that will require ByteDance to promote TikTok or else have it banned within the United States. Only 15 Republicans voted in opposition to the laws regardless of the very fact Mr Trump opposed the laws.

But Mr Pence didn’t reveal whom he would vote for.

“I’m gonna keep my vote to myself. I would never vote for Joe Biden,” he mentioned. “How I vote when that curtain closes, that’ll be for me.

Mr Pence, who frequently said “I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order,” additionally mentioned he wouldn’t stage a third-party run for president.

“I’m a Republican, Martha,” he mentioned.