Republican Maryland governor calls for Trump's removal and Pence to take over

FILE PHOTO: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD) holds a news conference with updates about the state’s response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic at the Maryland State Capitol in Annapolis, Maryland, U.S. July 22, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Maryland Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday called for President Donald Trump to resign the White House or be removed from office, saying Vice President Mike Pence should take over to ensure a peaceful transfer of power to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden.

“Gov. Hogan is calling for Vice President Pence to take over and conduct the peaceful transition of power,” Hogan’s spokesman Mike Ricci tweeted.

“I think there is no question that America would be better off if President Trump would resign,” Hogan said, according to Baltimore-based WBAL Radio.

Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Chris Reese