President Donald Trump's vice president and secretary of state appear to have a conflict between their private religious beliefs and their public duties, according to a financial journalist.
Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo are each a "genuine, end-of-days, believer in the apocalypse," and Financial Times journalist Edward Luce said their religious beliefs about the end times exerts a troubling influence on their duties.
"Generally I believe a public figure’s beliefs should be irrelevant to their job," Luce wrote. "Whether they’re atheist, Opus Dei, Buddhist or Muslim, should have no bearing on our assessment of their fitness for office. Yet I can’t help but feel anxious that both of Donald Trump’s main global envoys, Pompeo and Pence, have a conflict between their private beliefs and what they publicly claim to be doing."
Luce argued that both Trump administration officials were part of a "millenarian cult," and he worried their "militant creed" would influence their public policies to spark a "final conflagration in which the righteous will vanquish the wicked."
"Call me a serial fretter, but I don’t take comfort from the fact that Pence is a heartbeat away from being commander-in-chief," Luce wrote. "Nor do I see Pompeo as one of the grown-ups restraining Trump. He’s an enabler, not a preventer. Where Trump goes, Pompeo will follow. Let’s hope Trump never gets religion."
Read more of Luce's column here.