Trump downplays his endorsement of losing candidate in Wyoming race

Trump downplays his endorsement of losing candidate in Wyoming race

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE in an interview published Wednesday attempted to downplay his endorsement of a Republican candidate who lost his primary, attributing his embrace of a Wyoming gubernatorial candidate to his son Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpHouse chairman: Trump lawyers may have given false info about Cohen payments Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed by Mueller's office Trump dismisses Ann Coulter after criticism: 'I hardly know her' MORE

Trump touted his track record in primary endorsements during an interview with The Daily Caller and noted that his only defeat to date came when he endorsed Foster Friess on the day of last month's primary in Wyoming.


"I was asked to do that, by my son Don, and I did it, but I did it — I was asked the morning of — and by the time I did it I guess 70 percent, almost 70 percent of the vote was already cast," Trump said.

"So, I don’t consider that to be, maybe I’ll take a quarter of a loss on that one," he added. "But I think it’s 48 and a quarter, it’s 48-1 which is pretty good, right? Pretty good.”

Trump Jr. endorsed Freiss, an early supporter of Trump's presidential campaign, in an op-ed published Aug. 5. The president followed suit, but not until Aug. 21, the morning of the primary.

He largely focused on his successes during his interview with The Daily Caller, noting that "there were many of people that were way behind that ended up winning" after his endorsement. Trump highlighted the victories of Republican gubernatorial candidates Kris Kobach in Kansas and Rep. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida secretary of state who resigned apologizes for blackface photos The Hill's Morning Report — Trump complicates border wall negotiations Parkland parents ask Pulitzer panel to honor local paper for school shooting coverage MORE in Florida.

Trump has hit the campaign trail at an increasingly frequent clip in recent weeks to support GOP candidates, particularly in Senate races. He has held rallies in Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Indiana, with additional rallies planned in Montana and Texas.

The GOP is seeking to protect majorities in the House and Senate in November's midterm elections. Many pundits, politicians and pollsters have said this year's midterms will serve as a referendum on Trump.

Two new polls released Tuesday morning showed Democrats with a sizable and growing lead over Republicans on the generic House ballot.