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Utah governor says Trump has his support Super Tuesday

Tweets aside, Herbert says president is helping the West

Donald Trump speaks during the final night of the National Republican Convention in Cleveland on Thursday, July 21, 2016.
Donald Trump speaks during the final night of the National Republican Convention in Cleveland on Thursday, July 21, 2016.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Some of the social media behavior has a cringing effect.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, however, said he doesn’t think the way President Donald Trump handles his Twitter account is going to change anytime soon.

“I wish he would quit tweeting at 2 o’clock in the morning and some of the pettiness that happens,” Herbert said. “That is just him and I don’t think he is going to change much.”

Herbert, fielding questions Thursday from reporters at his monthly news conference at PBS Utah, was asked if Trump will have his support come Super Tuesday.

The governor laughed.

“President Trump has done some really good things,” he said. “Sometimes we don’t like his style. ... Sometimes he seems a little bit petty, and some of his comments a little bit juvenile sometimes. But it is hard to overlook his successes.”

Access by governors and others, particularly in the West, to the Trump administration has been remarkable, Herbert said, pointing to a meeting he and some other governors had with six Cabinet members recently.

“This administration at least from a perspective of state sovereignty has been very friendly,” he added.

“When issues come up, the vice president and the president would say is this not an issue better handled at the state level? That is a refreshing point of view, and frankly, that is the way the Founding Fathers expected it to be,” Herbert said. “So, yes, he’s earned my support.”

Trump scored huge political points among Utah’s congressional delegation and other conservatives at the time when in 2017 he drastically reduced two national monuments designated in Utah under Democratic presidents.

He has also rolled back regulations Utah and other states have fought against, including a controversial rule on what bodies of water fall under federal purview.

Trump’s anti-regulatory stance has found favor among Utah’s conservatives, who often philosophize that less is more when it comes to the federal government.