The real estate mogul has made no secret of his disdain for President Barack Obama, and said that he is not running in November.
He’s also not backing any Democratic candidate.
But as Montana’s GOP governor, he has a strong incentive to keep his distance from a Democratic nominee.
Trump and Montana Republican Gov.
Steve Bullock are set to hold a news conference on Wednesday to announce Bullock’s candidacy.
The announcement comes two days after Bullock, a longtime Republican donor, endorsed Trump and endorsed the candidate’s presidential campaign in February.
Bullock has yet to announce whether he will seek reelection next year, but he did not say whether he would endorse Trump, and he did nothing to explain his decision.
The governor is the only candidate from Bullock state to have formally announced a presidential bid.
Bullock has criticized the president for his handling of the recent flooding in Montana, saying he was slow to call out companies that failed to prepare for a rising water level in the state.
Bullocks administration has also criticized the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its handling of a proposed coal ash spill in the Columbia River in 2014.
He also called the U:S.
Army Corps of Engineers’s decision to shut down the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah after years of criticism from Democrats over the monument’s designation as a national monument a mistake.
The governor, who also heads the state’s Republican Party, said he was considering a second run for president if the current one doesn’t succeed.
“I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know this: I’m not running to be president of the United States,” he said.
He’s also made no decision about a run for another term in the governor’s office, though the candidate said he had not ruled it out.
Bullocking has said he’s “in no hurry” to announce his bid for reelection.
“You know, I haven’t ruled out anything,” he told reporters on Wednesday.
“It’s just not something that I’m in a hurry to do.”
He added: “I think the public should have the opportunity to determine that.”
The governor said he wants to “look at the best candidate” in the race and he will “look closely” at Bullock if the governor decides to run for reelection, but said he is confident Bullock will win.
“We have the right person in the best position to be the best governor in Montana,” he added.