13/05/2016 08:02 BST | Updated 13/05/2016 12:34 BST

Donald Trump's Ex-Butler Anthony Senecal Calls For President Barack Obama To Be Killed

'This character I refer to as zero.'

The US Secret Service has reportedly launched an investigation after Donald Trump's former butler called for President Barack Obama's death in several posts on his Facebook page.

Anthony Senecal, who worked as Trump's butler for 17 years, wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday that Obama should have been "taken out by our military and shot as an enemy agent in his first term".

After Mother Jones broke the story on Thursday, Senecal confirmed the authenticity of the post to several media outlets. His posts are private and only viewable to his friends. 

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Donald Trump and his former butler Anthony Senecal who has called for President Barack Obama's death

Mother Jones also detailed several other posts in which Senecal had written from a "far-right perspective in which he decries Obama and his wife—along with Hillary Clinton, other Democrats, and Republican leaders".

It said Senecal often referred to Obama as "zero," and several times, called for his execution.

Senecal, 84, has since told CNN that Obama should be "hung" outside the White House. He also referred to the White House as the "White Mosque".

After working as the presumptive Republican nominee for president's butler, Senecal went on to be named the in-house historian at the tycoon's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach. He is said to have been in Trump's employ for 30 years. 

According to the BBC, Trump's campaign has distanced itself from Senecal's remarks, which the US Secret Service is now investigating. 

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Senecal said Obama should have been 'taken out by our military and shot as an enemy agent in his first term'.

"He is not employed by Mr Trump, and hasn't been since June of 2009," Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a statement.

"We strongly condemn these horrible comments from Mr Senecal."

In a New York Times profile of Senecal in March, the newspaper revealed that despite his retirement in 2009, Senecal had stayed on at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida as "a kind of unofficial historian".

"He understands Mr Trump's sleeping patterns and how he likes his steak ("It would rock on the plate, it was so well done"), and how Mr Trump insists - despite the hair salon on the premises - on doing his own hair," the profile read.

Senecal's full Facebook post on Wednesday read: 

To all my friends on FB, just a short note to you on our pus headed "president" !!!! This character who I refer to as zero (0) should have been taken out by our military and shot as an enemy agent in his first term !!!!! Instead he still remains in office doing every thing he can to gut the America we all know and love !!!!! Now comes Donald J Trump to put an end to the corruption in government !!!! The so called elite, who are nothing but common dog turds from your front lawn are shaking in their boots because there is a new Sheriff coming to town, and the end to their corruption of the American people (YOU) is at hand !!!! I cannot believe that a common murder is even allowed to run (killery clinton) OR that a commie like bernie is a also allowed to also run !!!! Come on America put your big boy pants on---this election you have a choice---GET YOUR ASS OUT AND VOTE !!!! Thank you !!!!