Carlos Slim, the billionaire CEO of Slim’s brand of clothing, has been an outspoken supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and was among Trump’s largest supporters during the Republican primary.
In an interview with CNNMoney, Slim said he was a big supporter of Trump’s candidacy.
But he said he changed his tune when Trump dropped out of the race after months of speculation about his health.
“I’ve said that I’ll vote for him as long as I can,” Slim said.
“But as soon as he dropped out, I was like, ‘No, no, no.
It’s important to remember that I was a Trump supporter until the very end, and that he was an endorser until the last moment,” he added.
Slim also endorsed former Florida Gov.
Jeb Bush, and Trump endorsed Bush in his first primary race.
“You know what, I think Jeb’s a great guy,” Slim added.
Trump’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
The businessman has faced criticism for comments about Slim and his clothing line in the past.
“I’m the only one who is going to be here,” Slim told CNNMoney.
If you want me to get the ball rolling, you have to support me, you know, because you’re going to get me in.”
He told CNN that the controversy over his endorsement of Trump came as a surprise to him.
“This was all on the surface.
I thought I would support him, but he changed my mind,” he said.
He said he had a “good relationship” with Trump but that the real estate mogul was not the right person for the job.
“He didn’t have the guts to say, ‘Hey, I’m going to help you get elected, and if I win, you can do this, and it’s okay,'” Slim said, referring to the campaign slogan.
“But when he said it, he was like a big brother, like a great uncle,” Slim continued.
“We’re not going to put the ball in his court.”
He said that when he went to Trump Tower to campaign for Trump in February 2016, he had an “awkward” moment.
“My hand was shaking,” he recalled.
“The person that was there, he asked, ‘Did you have a moment of peace?’
“And I said yes.””
Slim has said he plans to continue his support for Trump even after he officially drops out of running for the White House.”
And I said yes.”
Slim has said he plans to continue his support for Trump even after he officially drops out of running for the White House.