Donald Trump on Saturday endorsed Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) in the GOP primary in next year's Senate election.
Trump's endorsement during a speech to the North Carolina Republican Party came moments after Lara Trump announced she would not be running for the open seat created when Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) announced he would not seek re-election.
Trump said he had only told Budd minutes before the speech began. The endorsement occurred while one of Budd's primary opponents was sitting at the dinner.
"While the former President praised Budd from the stage, former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory -- who is also running in the GOP primary -- sat stone-faced at a table in the crowd," CNN reported.
McCrory offered his thoughts after the dinner, posting a thread on Twitter where he declared Budd unelectable:
I’m disappointed that President Trump has endorsed a Washington insider who has done more to oppose the Trump agend… https://t.co/PL2hQ0WjRD— Pat McCrory (@Pat McCrory) 1622939857.0
Now, he’ll do even more to defeat President Trump’s agenda if he’s the Republican nominee by giving our seat in the… https://t.co/iBEu0uW9fI— Pat McCrory (@Pat McCrory) 1622939858.0
The audience reaction was telling: the President got bad advice in picking a Washington D.C. insider. North Carolin… https://t.co/7Q5jMwGRG3— Pat McCrory (@Pat McCrory) 1622942976.0
Watch Trump's endorsement:
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