Hours earlier, The New York Times reported that in 2015, Johnson had called Mr. Trump a hothead who lacked the character needed for the White House.
The former president will remain in Michigan’s presidential primary election. A state judge today rejected the argument that Mr. Trump is ineligible under the U.S. Constitution because he engaged in an insurrection. The Minnesota Supreme Court has already issued a similar decision. Cases are pending in at least two other states.
Inflation slowed last month, a further sign that the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hikes are paying off. The Department of Labor reports that consumer prices remained unchanged from September to October, in part because of lower gasoline prices. Year-on-year, prices rose 3.2 percent in October, compared to 12 months earlier. This is down from the 3.7% annual increase recorded in September.
Illegal border crossings from Mexico have declined after three months of sharp increases. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol says apprehensions fell 14 percent in October to just under 189,000. Officials say one factor could be the resumption of deportation flights to Venezuela.
The death of a prominent LGBTQ figure in Mexico sparked widespread protests overnight. Jesus Ociel Baena was threatened after becoming the first openly non-binary magistrate in this country. Authorities say Baena was found dead in her home Monday. Thousands of people gathered in Mexico City last night for a vigil after authorities suggested it may have been a suicide. They demanded a thorough investigation.