Utah Senator Mike Lee, one of Donald Trump's staunchest Republican skeptics during campaign season, is pleased with the president's first six months in office.
During his remarks at Young America's Foundation's National Conservative Student Conference on Tuesday, the second-term Republican was asked to comment on any "pushback" he's received from the GOP as a result of his early criticisms of Trump. "I took a position at the time that was taking place because I had certain ideas about whether he could get elected," the senator said. "I didnt think he could. I turned out to be wrong."
"He has since been elected president of the United States and in so far as he fights to restore constitutionally limited government," Lee continued, "I will be there with him every step of the way, helping him."
Lee, who said he talks to the president "very regularly," recalled being "stirred" by Trump's insistence in his inaugural address that his election represented a moment where power would be transfered "from Washington D.C. back to the American people."
"So far, that's what he's been doing," Lee told the audience of students. "And I say keep it coming because that's what we need."
Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.