Former New Mexico Gov. Martinez defends Trump's border wall

3 years 4 months 5 days ago Thursday, January 10 2019 Jan 10, 2019 January 10, 2019 11:09 AM January 10, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Former New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is defending President Donald Trump's call for a border wall and says "it's disgusting" not to call the situation on the U.S. Mexico-border a crisis.

The Republican who was the nation's first Latina governor told Fox News on Thursday that Democrats are "beholden to the far left" and should just come to the table and agree to Trump's plan.

Martinez left office on Jan. 1 after two consecutive terms, during which she rarely appeared on cable news outlets as governor. During the 2016 presidential campaign, she denounced Trump for referring to Mexican immigrants as "rapists" but warmed up to him before she left office.

Democratic Party of New Mexico chair Marg Elliston says Martinez was an out of touch governor and now is just carrying water for Trump and "his wasteful wall."

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