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Pence says Trump’s words ‘endangered’ Americans before US Capitol riot

Then-US president Donald Trump speaks in the press briefing room as then-vice president Mike Pence listens, November 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Then-US president Donald Trump speaks in the press briefing room as then-vice president Mike Pence listens, November 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Former US president Donald Trump’s inflammatory words before and during last year’s Capitol insurrection endangered Americans including his own deputy Mike Pence, the former vice president says in a television interview set to air later today.

“The president’s words that day at the rally (before the riot) endangered me and my family and everyone at the Capitol,” Pence tells ABC News.

Pence reportedly is laying the groundwork for a presidential run in 2024. It would pit him against his former boss, who has convened the media at his palatial Florida home on Tuesday night reportedly to announce his own White House bid.

Pence’s interview to be broadcast on ABC’s “World News Tonight” coincides with the release Tuesday of his memoir, “So Help Me God.”

The veteran Republican tells the network that Trump, speaking on January 6, 2021, at a park near the White House, incited the crowd before it marched toward the Capitol: “The president’s words were reckless. It was clear he decided to be part of the problem.”

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