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Outgoing GOP Rep. Costello on Trump: I Disagreed With Obama ‘But He Was a Good Role Model’

Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA) appeared on MSNBC for an interview with Katy Tur in which he dished on the difficulties of supporting President Donald Trump as a Republican.

Costello, who backed Trump in 2016 and recently announced he would retire rather than seek reelection in a tough upcoming election, has railed against the current political environment that focuses on Trump scandals over policy.

The Pennsylvania Republican told Tur about the difficulty, in a competitive seat, of catering to both Republican voters — who want Trump to be defended at all costs — and Democrats — who demand answers on the latest presidential controversy.

Tur grilled Costello on why he supported Trump in 2016, given what he knew about his temperament, before asking, “Do you regret that now?”

“Boy, that’s a good question,” Costello replied, before noting that he supported the president’s tax bill.

“This president has signed into law some legislation that I fully support,” Costello said. “But Katy, I’m going to be the first person to tell you, I have little kids and I don’t want them to ask me, ‘What does Stormy Daniels do for a living?'” (At one point he said he thinks Daniels is telling the truth.)

“I don’t like it, he added.

Costello continued that while he “disagreed with many of Barack Obama’s policies,” he “was a good role model.”

“He conducted himself in an appropriate way,” Costello said. “This kind of stuff is not good for our country, not good for our culture.”

Tur pressed Costello if he ultimately regretted his 2016 vote, and the lawmaker conceded that he did not want to vote for Hillary Clinton, and said he hoped Trump would mature.

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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