Former California Gov. Pete Wilson endorsed President Donald Trump for re-election, joining a list of prominent former Republican leaders.
Wilson joined about 70 former GOP leaders who sent a letter to endorse Trump, who replied with: “Thank you!”
In a comment to Politico, Wilson, a former two-term Republican governor, said that Trump “has very good judgment, and very good people around him making honest calls—and alerting him and the rest of the country to the fact that we are facing greater dangers than at any time since Ronald Reagan dealt with the Cold War.”
Wilson noted that some prominent Republicans including the late Sen. John McCain and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger take issue with Trump.
“I like many of these people, and they are personal friends … and I’ve talked to enough of them to know that they don’t like his style,’’ Wilson said. But he advises them to “look at performance—look at what he’s actually achieved.’’
Wilson defended Trump’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, foreign policy, and other measures.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2020
If the president “had not as early as he did in late January’’ shut down flights from China, “it would have been a far worse situation … and I don’t see how anybody can deny that.”
Other Californians who joined Wilson include Ric Grenell, who is Trump’s former acting director of national security and the former U.S. ambassador to Germany.
Last week, about 70 top-level government officials who worked in several Republican presidential administrations endorsed President Trump for re-election.
The officials included governors, senators, military generals, ambassadors, and advisers who worked with and under the administrations of Presidents Trump, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, and Richard Nixon.
“We also believe that a president’s duty and loyalty are owed, first and foremost, to the American people, and not the international community, which is consistent with strengthening our alliances and friendships,” their letter said, according to Fox News. “For all of these reasons, we have concluded, that Donald J. Trump should be reelected as President of the United States.”
Notable supporters include former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. The effort was led by K.T. McFarland, a former Trump deputy national security adviser, as well as former assistant secretary of the State Department and Under Secretary General of the United Nations Christopher Burnham; Charles Glazer, the former U.S. ambassador to El Salvador during the George W. Bush administration; and a former member of the Department of Education during the Reagan administration, Deroy Murdock.