Governor Doug Ducey: President Trump's visit was 'a pretty good night'

Posted at 9:05 PM, Aug 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-24 00:05:49-04

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey is reacting to President Trump's visit Tuesday, saying the president accomplished his objective.

"He had the floor for a well over an hour, he delivered the message he wanted to deliver," Ducey said. "So I'd say, yes, it was his night. It was his show with his audience, and he was able to communicate what he wanted to communicate."

Gov. Ducey, a Republican, did not attend the president's rally at the Phoenix Convention Center. Ducey said he was in the emergency operations center monitoring the protests outside the venue, and he commended local police for avoiding a repeat of the "mayhem" in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month.

"People were able to express their views they were able to exercise their First Amendment rights but they were able to do it in a safe way," Governor Ducey told ABC15.

When asked about the use of tear gas and pepper spray, the governor said officers "appropriately responded" to people who disobeyed or put officers in danger.

"I think that's a pretty good night for law enforcement; it's a pretty good night for those who want to come out and express their opinion," Ducey said.

During his Phoenix speech Tuesday, Trump renewed his sharp criticism for Republican Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, again taking them to task for positions on key issues like health care and the border wall.

Ducey said he shares most of the president's agenda, but he may not share the president's opinion of  Arizona's senators. 

"I have a lot of confidence in our United States senators, but I don't have much confidence in what's going on in the United States Senate," Ducey said.