Trump changes tune on NM governor, seeks her support
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that's a job for Congress Obama condemns attacks in Sri Lanka as 'an attack on humanity' Schiff rips Conway's 'display of alternative facts' on Russian election interference MORE is hoping for New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's endorsement in the presidential race and says he respects her — a significant reversal from comments the billionaire made last week.

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“I’d like to have it,” Trump said in an interview with the Santa Fe New Mexican. “I respect her. I have always liked her.”

The comments came just a week after Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee, blasted Martinez while campaigning in her state, in a move that was widely condemned and questioned by Republicans who see the New Mexico governor as a rising star in the party.

“Since 2000, the number of people on food stamps in New Mexico has tripled,” he said during a campaign stop in Albuquerque. "We have to get your governor to get going. She has to do a better job, OK? She’s not doing the job.

“Hey, maybe I’ll run for governor of New Mexico. I’ll get this place going. We’ve got to get her moving. Come on, let’s go, governor.”

Trump also falsely accused her of bringing in Syrian refugees to resettle in the state.

Martinez has been critical of Trump’s rhetoric and his proposal to build a wall along the southern border, but she has not ruled out endorsing him.