Nine days after he accused fellow Republican Susana Martinez of not doing her job as governor of New Mexico, Donald Trump now says he wants her endorsement.
“I’d like to have it,” the presumptive Republican presidential nominee told the Santa Fe New Mexican on Thursday. “I respect her. I have always liked her.”
At a campaign stop in Albuquerque on May 24, Trump said Martinez "has got to do a better job. She’s not doing the job."
He continued: "Hey! Maybe I’ll run for governor of New Mexico. I’ll get this place going. She’s not doing the job. We’ve got to get her moving. Come on: Let’s go, governor.”
Martinez, who is the nation's first female Hispanic governor, was sharply critical of comments Trump made last year accusing illegal immigrants from Mexico of being "rapists" and bringing drugs and crime into the United States.
A Martinez spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump's latest remarks.
At a rally in San Jose on Thursday night, Trump tried to repair relations with another Republican with whom he has feuded: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Trump sought to put to rest — at least temporarily — the disparaging nickname he applied to Cruz in the Republican primary: "Lyin' Ted." Trump said he wanted to reserve that label for Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
"Ted Cruz is no longer a liar!" Trump said, adding, "We love Ted!"