By Mike Allen Clinton campaign chair Tom Steyer on Saturday said he would be open for Trump to win the presidency in 2020 if he can win the election.
Steyer, who has been a fierce critic of President Donald Trump and said in March that he would vote for Clinton over the president if he were elected, made the comments at a campaign event in Brooklyn, New York, a few hours after he was asked about Trump’s remarks during an interview with The New York Times.
Steyers’ comments came during a question-and-answer session at the event, in which the two discussed the Trump administration’s recent decision to roll back regulations aimed at protecting the environment.
The Times reported Saturday that Trump’s Justice Department had decided to reverse the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed methane rule, which had been proposed by the Obama administration and which Trump signed into law.
The administration had been concerned about the impact the rule would have on the gas-fired power plants that were being built in the region, the Times reported.
The decision to reverse it was criticized by environmentalists who feared it would lead to more methane emissions.
Steyers’ remarks came shortly after he called on Democratic leaders in Congress to oppose Trump if the president were to win in November.
Steys’ comments were in response to a question from a woman who asked about Steyer’s plans to support Trump if Trump wins the presidency.
“Tom, I’m not saying that I’m going to support him or not support him,” the woman said.
“I think he should be president.”
Steyer responded, “If he gets the nomination, if he gets elected, I would absolutely support him.
If he loses, I don’t know, but if he does win, I support him 100 percent.”
Steyers response comes after a series of statements from Trump that have called for his supporters to vote for him if he’s elected, including a statement in January that he was “absolutely” going to vote in November for the Democratic candidate.
On Thursday, the president’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said in an interview on Fox News that he believes Trump is a fraud and that his supporters would “have to be on the ballot for him to win.”
“If he loses I think he’ll be impeached, but he’s still got the support of a lot of people,” Lewandowski told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” show.
“If I were the president and I were elected I would vote Trump in 2020.
That’s my prediction.”
Steyres comments came just hours after The Associated Press reported that the Trump campaign had reached a $1 billion settlement with Trump University.
Trump, who is under federal investigation for allegedly defrauding his students out of millions of dollars, has said the settlement will give the Trump family $10 million to help cover its legal fees.
The AP said in its report that the settlement with the Trump University was the largest ever for a Trump University case.
The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment.