On Thursday night, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (D-LA) released a statement suggesting that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump‘s hastily-organized Friday visit to Baton Rouge was nothing but a photo op, but on Sunday morning, he backtracked on that criticism and praised Trump for his visit. In an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash on State of the Union, Gov. Bel Edwards insisted that he hadn’t criticized Trump, and thanked Trump and his running mate for visiting his state on Friday:
I think, for the reasons I stated earlier, because it helped to shine a spotlight on Louisiana and on the dire situation that we have here, that it was helpful. I will tell you that I also appreciated the good phone call, the conversation that I had with Governor Pence, who was sincere and genuine when he called and we spoke for a long time on Friday morning about their desire to be helpful.
Bel Edwards also told Bash that it was him who suggested that President Obama wait until next week to visit the state, a decision which Trump joked about and criticized as he visited Louisiana on Friday, just hours before his 49-second stint unloading a truck for news cameras.
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