Ducey’s relationship with Trump, then, now, coming up

President Donald Trump and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey at a White House meeting where Ducey talked about the state’s occupational licensing recognition law. /
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By Ben Giles | Arizona Capitol Times

In 2016, Gov. Doug Ducey never tweeted about Donald Trump while the future president was on the campaign trail.

The governor’s first tweet mentioning the name “Trump” only came after the election – a “congrats” to the president-elect on November 9, 2018, with a link to a statement from Ducey on Trump’s victory.

Flash forward to 2019, and Ducey wasted no time formally endorsing Trump’s re-election bid.

When Trump held a June 18 rally in Florida to kick off his re-election campaign, Ducey retweeted the president with a message of support.

“More boots on the ground to secure the border. A booming national economy. Historic tax reform for middle class families & job creators. Record low unemployment. A court that follows the Constitution,” Ducey wrote on Twitter. “Our country is headed in the right direction. Let’s keep it going! #Trump2020”

Ducey’s lack of a formal endorsement for Trump in 2016 wasn’t for lack of support of the then-presidential candidate – it had more to do with Ducey’s deference for U.S. Sen. John McCain, according to political consultant Chuck Coughlin.

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