The president of the largest federation of unions in the United States is not ruling out the possibility that ALF-CIO, which represents over 12 million active and retired workers across the country, could endorse President Donald Trump for re-election in 2020.
Speaking at a breakfast roundtable sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor on Wednesday, Richard Trumka was asked byNewsmax‘s John Gizzi if it was "outside the question" the AFL-CIO might endorse Trump for re-election given the popularity the president enjoys amongst a cross-section of the union's membership.
"You have many members who like President Trump and voted for him in 2016, is that still the case?" Gizzi asked. "Is there a large cadre of Trump loyalists, who are also card-carrying members of the AFL-CIO and is it outside the question, outside reality that you might endorse him for re-election next time?"
Trumka, who was re-elected to a third term as the union's president last year, elaborated it was important to understand "the facts" before answering the question.
"First of all, let me give you the facts," Trumka said. "Trump got 3 percentage points more of our members than Romney did [in 2012]. Three percentage points. Unfortunately for Hillary [Clinton], she got 10 percentage points less of our members than Obama did [in 2012.]"