Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) admitted he made a mistake in opposing Trump’s 2016 presidential bid during a Tuesday Q&A session at the Young America’s Foundation National Conservative Student Conference.
Asked whether Lee had received backlash from the Republican Party as a result of his past opposition to Trump, he stated, “I took a position at the time that was taking place because I had certain ideas about whether he could get elected – I didn’t think he could.”
“I turned out to be wrong,” he continued.
“In so far as he fights to restore constitutionally limited government, I will be there with him every step of the way, helping him,” Lee said. “I’ve told him that all along, and that’s what we need to remain focused on.”
Lee went on to stress his personal rapport with the President, adding, “I talk to the President fairly regularly, including just within the last few days.”
The Utah Senator maintained that he was impressed by Trump’s performance so far, stating, “I took great comfort and courage in things he started saying right off the bat,” and noting the President’s inaugural speech “really stirred” him and gave him “great confidence for our future.”
Lee stated that “so far”, Trump has been “transferring power from Washington, D.C. back to the American people,” and that he hopes the President will “keep it coming.”
The conciliatory attitude taken by Lee marks a sharp contrast with that of some of his colleagues who were also involved in 2016’s failed ‘Never Trump’ effort. Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) and Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) have continued to take potshots at Trump on social media, while Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) released an entire book in condemnation of the President. All three men are reportedly mulling challenging Trump for the presidency in the 2020.