NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – On Wednesday, just one day after the presidential election and weeks after saying he could not vote for Donald Trump, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said he is ready to support the new commander-in-chief.
“It is no secret I have been concerned about some of the language that President-elect Trump used during the campaign,” Haslam told News 2.
Haslam previously said he decided to pull away from Trump after the release of the “Access Hollywood” recording where the 70-year-old spoke about sexually assaulting women.
“I have a whole lot of friends who came up to me and said I disagree with what you said about Donald Trump and I am going to vote for him. I understand that and I respect their right to do that, but I just as an individual, I thought that was the right thing to do at that point in time,” Haslam explained.
While he said he will support the 45th president, Gov. Haslam said he has real concern about Trump’s promise to tear up trade deals that brought Nissan and other foreign companies to Tennessee.
“If you look at the foreign direct investment in Tennessee, we would be harmed if the trade relationships were different and by the way our consumers would be harmed,” he said.
Trump won the state of Tennessee Tuesday night and several other states that typically lean Democratic.