CNN anchor Phil Mattingly repeatedly pressed North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum on his recent endorsement of Donald Trump for the GOP presidential nomination, prompting the Republican to struggle to justify his support for the twice-impeached ex-president.
Burgum, who ended his longshot Republican presidential bid last month, appeared alongside Trump at an Iowa campaign event over the weekend and became the first of Trump’s 2024 GOP competitors to endorse the former president’s candidacy.
“I’ve had an opportunity to have a front-row seat,” Burgum said at a rally in Indianola. “I’ve seen President Trump and what he’s been able to do. I’ve seen it as a business leader and I’ve seen it as a governor. I’ve seen the difference that President Trump can make.”