.@AsaHutchinson, the great Governor of Arkansas, is in a primary tomorrow. He has done an incredible job with a focus on lower taxes, border security, and crime prevention. Asa loves our military and our veterans. I fully endorse Asa for Governor!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 21, 2018
Gov. Asa Hutchinson jetted up to Washington Monday and was rewarded with the Trump seal of approval, an endorsement tweet. Time marches on.
Here was Hutchinson in February 2016:
“It is up to Arkansas to stop the Donald Trump show. The next generation of conservatives cannot allow Donald Trump to take everything we stand for and throw it away.”
Here was Hutchinson Monday:
Governor Hutchinson issued the below statement following the meeting:
“I appreciate President Trump for hosting a handful of governors this evening at the White House to discuss important issues facing our country, including border security, global trade, and the opioid crisis, to name a few.
“Earlier this month, I deployed Arkansas National Guard military transport and personnel to help assist with the president’s enhanced border security efforts. Tonight, he took time to express his thanks to our guard members for their deployment and cooperation.
“As for global trade, I explained the importance of agriculture to Arkansas’s economy and how key global trade is to our state’s bottom-line. Our conversation left me with even more confidence that global trade will not be diminished in this administration and that Arkansas will emerge a stronger partner globally as a result of the president’s negotiations.
“And finally, I thanked the president for his leadership in the fight against drugs—both at the border and the opioid crisis where he’s inspired greater prevention nationwide. It was a productive and substantive conversation, and I appreciate the president for his time and hospitality.”
The other governors who attended were Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.
Trump won in 2016 of course and Hutchinson began endeavoring to make Shinola from that fact long ago. That’s politics. I guess the sad thing is that there are some places where a Trump seal of approval might not be viewed as such a plus.