Arkansas Governor Says Trump Welcome Despite Remarks

Jul 15, 2015

Donald Trump waves as he walks offstage after speaking at the Iowa Republican Party's Lincoln Dinner in May.
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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he disagrees with Donald Trump's controversial comments regarding immigrants, but says the businessman and presidential hopeful is still welcome at the state GOP's fundraiser this weekend.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson in a file photo speaking to reporters in January.
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The Republican governor said Trump is entitled to have a venue to court voters in Arkansas, and he hoped other presidential hopefuls would come to the state since lawmakers moved next year's primary from May to March. Trump is headlining the state GOP's Reagan-Rockefeller dinner in Hot Springs on Friday night.

Trump has drawn controversy for calling immigrants arriving illegally from Mexico "criminals" and "rapists."

Hutchinson is supporting former Gov. Mike Huckabee's bid for the Republican presidential nomination.