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Pence's NSA pick withdraws

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US Vice Mike Pence's pick for his has withdrawn after his hiring created tensions in the administration, the media reported.

"Tonight informed the Vice that he was withdrawing from coming on board as and the Vice accepted his decision," quoted Alyssa Farah, Pence's press secretary, as saying after the withdrawal on Sunday night.

"Pence holds in the highest regard and expressed his deep gratitude for Jon's willingness to consider joining our team."

A Republican source told that the news of Lerner's hiring by Pence had created "a big damn mess".

Earlier on Sunday, Axios news reported that President attempted to block Pence from hiring Lerner because of his "never Trump" views.

A has confirmed that Trump and Pence talked about Lerner by phone on Friday.

Lerner currently serves as the deputy to UN

He had intended to continue working with Haley while advising Pence.



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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 13:58 IST