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Rauner Offers Rare Public Display Of Affection For Trump

Jaclyn Driscoll
NPR Illinois

In an effort to deliver a message of unity in the Republican party, both statewide and nationally, Gov. Bruce Rauner offered a rare show of support for the Commander in Chief at Wednesday's GOP rally in Springfield. 

The Republican governor regularly distances himself from President Donald Trump, sometimes refusing to even say his name.

Now, following a divisive primary and facing a third party conservative challenger,  Rauner may be looking to earn back support from the far-right by praising Trump.

“The president is doing important work to cut taxes. That’s outstanding," said Rauner. "(He) cut the red tape on regulations and business. That’s outstanding. He’s fighting hard to get fair trade... That’s awesome. The president’s doing great work. I support that.”

Rauner did condemn Trump for calling his former White House aid a “dog” in a recent tweet. Rauner called that “appalling rhetoric.”  

Jaclyn has an MA in Journalism from DePaul University and a BS in History form Monmouth College. Prior to reporting, Jaclyn was a social science teacher and department chair at Greenfield High School. Previously, Jaclyn reported for WICS Newschannel 20 where she covered a variety of assignments including courts, politics, and breaking news. She also reported at Siouxland News in Sioux City Iowa, the shared CBS/Fox television newsroom. Her internships included WGN and Comcast SportsNet in Chicago.
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