Newsweek reported today that Kevin Faulconer — one of the two Republican candidates currently running to replace California Governor Gavin Newsom if recalled — won’t say if he hopes to earn President Donald Trump’s endorsement.
Faulconer, who has been photographed with President Trump at the White House, met with Trump in June 2019 and promoted the meeting amongst supporters in San Diego.
San Diego station KUSI reported the mayor’s press secretary said “it was really rewarding that (Faulconer) got to meet with the president and push issues that are important with San Diegans.”
According to Newsweek, Faulconer deflected when asked if he wanted Trump’s endorsement for his campaign in California. Despite his loss in 2020, Trump remains highly influential in Republican politics because of his continuing firm grip on the party’s voter base, and is the presumed 2024 Republican nominee for president.