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Trump endorses Gaetz

No real question that Gaetz is a favorite of Trump.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, does a TV interview at the Capitol on March 15, 2018. (Alex Leary | Times)
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, does a TV interview at the Capitol on March 15, 2018. (Alex Leary | Times)
Published Jul. 13, 2018|Updated Jul. 13, 2018

From across the pond, President Donald Trump endorsed Rep. Matt Gaetz.

In a tweet that hit the eastern U.S. at 2:02 a.m., Trump, who is in the U.K., called Gaetz, "one of the finest and most talented people in Congress," and said he was tough on immigration, good on guns and the military.

What Trump did not mention is Gaetz is a regular pro-Trump, Mueller-bashing voice on cable TV. On Thursday, Gaetz questioned ("grills," as his press office put it) FBI agent Peter Strzok during a House hearing.

"The most surprising thing is that Peter Strzok lacked the ability to admit bias," Gaetz said later on Fox News.  "His bias is clear to everyone.  When he's saying, F Trump, when he's saying Trump is an idiot, when they're talking about Trump as a loathsome human being, that's clear bias.

"It was very surprising to me that he didn't just dispense with that and say, look, I didn't like Trump, I had bias against him, but my bias didn't affect the work that I did.  Instead, he acted as though he didn't harbor any bias, which is an absurd proposition.  Kennedy, this is one of the reasons why more than half of the country now, according to last CBS poll, really does not approve of this investigation in its current form because the very people who started it so clearly had an ax to grind with the president."

Gaetz faces primary opposition but is favored and his fundraising has been helped by his Trump defense.

Donald Trump Jr. is in Florida next week to campaign with Gaetz and Rep. Ron DeSantis.

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