‘Love gave me no love’: President Trump slams Utah Rep. Mia Love in post-election news conference, says she lost

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Mia Love makes a statement at her election night party at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lehi on Wednesday Nov. 7, 2018.

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By Benjamin Wood
· Published: 6 hours ago
Updated: 6 minutes ago

President Donald Trump praised Republicans for expanding their majority in the Senate on Wednesday, while offering harsh criticism to GOP House members — including Utah’s Rep. Mia Love — who failed to wholeheartedly embrace his agenda.

Trump said Love had called him “all the time” asking for help freeing Utahn Josh Holt, who had been imprisoned in Venezuela. But her re-election campaign distanced itself from his administration, the president said, which led to her poor performance in Utah’s 4th Congressional District.

“Mia Love gave me no love and she lost,” Trump said. “Too bad. Sorry about that, Mia.”

Love is currently trailing her Democratic challenger, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, by less than 3 percentage points. A significant number of ballots remain uncounted in Salt Lake and Utah counties, leaving the race too close to call until new totals are released.

Dave Hansen, Love’s campaign manager, declined to respond to Trump’s criticisms but emphasized that the election results have not yet been finalized.

“There are still tens of thousands of ballots to be counted,” he said. “Nothing has changed.”

However, earlier this week, Hansen said that Love likely would have easily won if Hillary Clinton had won the presidency in 2016 — because Utah Republicans would have been more energized to fight Clinton and help Love.

The McAdams campaign declined media interviews on Wednesday, but indicated it was too early to declare victory in the race.