After Attacking New Mexico Guv, Trump Now Claims He’s ‘Always Liked Her’

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After bashing New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) during a rally in the state last week, Donald Trump was singing a different tune Thursday.

“I’d like to have it,” Trump told the Santa Fe New Mexican when asked he if would like Martinez’s support. “I respect her. I have always liked her.”

At his rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico, last week, Trump told supporters that Martinez is “not doing the job” and criticized her response to the federal government’s plans to resettle Syrian refugees.

Trump’s initial attack came after reports that Martinez, who has not expressed support for Trump, would not attend his rally in the state.

“I am where I have always been,” Martinez said at an event in Española, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican. “It’s very important that he address what is needed in New Mexico, in reference to our labs and our military bases. He’s not addressed it yet.”

“I am waiting to hear from him as to addressing the issues facing New Mexico. Once I hear that, we’ll see what happens,” she added. “I am going to tell you I’m not going to be voting for Hillary Clinton.”

Trump called the Santa Fe New Mexican on Thursday after Martinez signaled she had not yet ruled out endorsing him.

In his phone call with the Santa Fe New Mexican, Trump said he would boost the military if elected president.

“New Mexico is a very powerful component of that. I will be adding to New Mexico greatly, building up our military capability in New Mexico,” he said.

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