Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan refused to say Thursday whether he thinks Donald Trump is fit to serve as president.
Instead, Hogan (R), who has repeatedly declined to endorse the presumptive GOP nominee, dodged the question during an afternoon news conference where he announced a plan to improve customer service in state government.
“I just said I’m not going to talk about Donald Trump anymore,” Hogan said. “I have nothing to do with it.”
Hogan, a Republican in a deeply blue state, has tried for months to distance himself from Trump. Ever since his preferred candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, dropped out of the race and endorsed Trump, Hogan has repeatedly said that he is “disgusted with national politics.”
The governor was asked three questions about Trump on Thursday. Each time, he deflected.
Asked his thoughts about Trump, Hogan said: “My thoughts are pretty clear. I’ve talked about it ad nauseam for four or five months. My thoughts haven’t changed. I have nothing more to add. I’m not involved in it. I don’t care to be involved in it. I’m not going to endorse anyone and would rather focus on things here in Maryland.”
When Hogan was asked whether he would vote for Trump, he said he was “not interested in talking about Donald Trump any further” and suggested that a reporter use a “thing called Google” to “look at the stories you’ve written . . . My answers are not going to change.”
Hogan had said that he does not plan to attend next month’s Republican National Convention. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, former presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) also are skipping the convention, signaling the uneasiness that many in the party have with Trump’s nomination.
Democrats, including Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) and the Democratic Governors Association, have called Hogan out for not specifically denouncing Trump.
During a series of interviews in March, Hogan said he did not plan to endorse Trump.
“I’m not really engaged in the process,” Hogan told The Washington Post. In a subsequent interview with the Associated Press, he said he had “no idea who I’m going to vote for.”