Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), a backer of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens MORE for president, defended the Republican front-runner's comments on abortion while stating Friday that overturning Roe v. Wade is "not gonna happen."
"It's the settled law of the land. Roe v. Wade is not gonna be overturned, we all know that," Collins said during an interview on CNN's "New Day," adding that asking about abortion is a "gotcha question."
Trump sparked a political firestorm this week when he suggested during a town hall interview on Wednesday that if abortion were illegal, women who seek to get one should be punished.
He quickly backtracked, issuing a statement saying that if Congress passed legislation making abortion illegal and courts upheld it, the abortion provider, "not the woman," would be punished.
But his remark, while seized on by his Democratic opponents, also enflamed conservative critics who view the billionaire businessman as out of line with their thinking on key social issues like abortion.
Anti-abortion advocates have long pushed for an overturning of Roe v. Wade, and have argued that if it were to happen, abortion providers should be punished, not women who seek the procedure.
Trump maintained during a Fox News interview broadcast Thursday night that "it could be that I misspoke" on the abortion question, while Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWarren policy ideas show signs of paying off Biden at campaign kickoff event: I don't have to be 'angry' to win Top Dem: Trump helps GOP erase enthusiasm gap; Ohio a big problem MORE has called his walk-back "unconvincing."
"A kind of hypothetical, gotcha question is frankly not appropriate," said Collins, Trump's first congressional endorser in February who was announced Thursday as the co-chairman of the celebrity mogul's outreach effort to House Republicans.
"I would have simply answered it by saying, 'It's not gonna happen, what's your next question,'" Collins added.