President Trump congratulates Gov. Edwards on reelection in private phone call

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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - President Donald Trump called Governor John Bel Edwards to congratulate him on winning reelection Monday afternoon, a Gov. Edwards staffer confirmed to WAFB in Baton Rouge.

Credit: Office of Governor John Bel Edwards / Shealah Craighead / The White House / MGN

Despite tweeting almost 40 times Sunday, President Trump did not mention the Louisiana governor’s race and has not made any public comment on the results.

Gov. Edwards’ Republican challenger, Eddie Rispone, repeatedly linked himself to the president, who won Louisiana in 2016 by around 20 points.

The president told a crowd in Bossier City during his third visit to Louisiana to campaign on Rispone’s behalf, “I want to hit [Edwards] strong because, what the hell? He hates me now. I don’t know. I don’t think he ever liked me, though he used to be really nice in person.”

Gov. Edwards has visited President Trump’s White House nine times, and he says he has refrained from publicly criticizing the president.

Gov. Edwards says he has consistently maintained a “good working relationship” with the president and noted it would be foolish to let political differences damage their relationship. He says President Trump’s comments did not bother him because “it’s the political season," and the president is "doing what the party has asked of him.”

The president told Gov. Edwards he “ran a helluva campaign” during his phone call Monday, according to The Advocate newspaper.

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