- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Donald Trump is making overtures to New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez in search of an endorsement from the nation’s only Latina governor.

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks on Friday confirmed comments the presumptive GOP presidential nominee made Thursday during a telephone call with a reporter for the Santa Fe New Mexican. Trump said he respects and likes Martinez and would like to have her endorsement, in a sharp turnaround from previous public comments.

Martinez told reporters Friday she wants to talk personally with Trump to find out more about what he intends to do for New Mexico’s military bases and national laboratories before helping his campaign.

At a rally in Albuquerque last month, Trump chastised Martinez for not doing her job. The governor did not attend the rally.

That was a clear political misstep on Trump’s part, said former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, himself a presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party.

“She is Hispanic, she is the governor of the state and she’s a Republican,” Johnson said Friday. “You add all of those things up and what Trump said just makes no sense whatsoever.”

Martinez is chairwoman of the Republican Governors Association and had endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio before he suspended his campaign.


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