Susana Martinez fires back at Trump

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New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s office on Wednesday fired back at Donald Trump, saying the Republican governor “will not be bullied” into supporting her party’s presumptive presidential nominee.

“Governor Martinez doesn’t care about what Donald Trump says about her,” Martinez press secretary Mike Lonergan said in a statement to media outlets. “She cares about what he says he will do to help New Mexicans.

{mosads}“She’s disappointed that she didn’t hear anything about that last night,” he added.

Trump reamed Martinez during his rally Tuesday night in Albuquerque, which she skipped. Martinez, the country’s first Latina governor, serves as the chairwoman of the Republican Governors Association and has not endorsed Trump.

“She has to do a better job, OK? … She’s not doing the job,” Trump said at the rally, mentioning the number of people on food stamps in her state increasing in recent years. “We’ve got to get her moving. Come on, let’s go governor.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), whom Martinez campaigned for in the GOP race before he dropped out, leapt to her defense as “one of the hardest working and most effective Governors in America.”

Martinez, who has been critical of Trump’s rhetoric on Mexicans entering the U.S. illegally, told media before the rally that she was “really busy” focusing on jobs in the state and couldn’t attend. 

“The Governor will not be bullied into supporting a candidate until she is convinced that candidate will fight for New Mexicans,” Lonergan  added Wednesday.

Trump senior adviser Barry Bennett expressed regret over the situation on Wednesday, saying that efforts to reach out to Martinez had been rejected.

“She’s been more than just not talking about Trump, she’s been pretty vehemently against Trump the whole time and I think there was an attempt to try to sit down with her and it was refused,” Bennett said on CNN’s “At This Hour.”

“I don’t know who’s giving her political advice, but I don’t think she’s getting very good advice,” he added. “I wish that none of this had happened, I wish that she would have endorsed the nominee of our party like everybody else.”

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