Then-President Donald Trump, center, accompanied by then-Georgia Sen. David Perdue, right, and a member of the military, left, stands as service members are recognized during Game 5 of a World Series matchup between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, DC, on October 27, 2019.
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- Former Sen. David Perdue said Trump was “singularly focused on results” while in the White House.
- “He just came from a background where you get things done or you go out of business,” he said.
- Perdue was a reliable legislative ally of Trump during the Republican presidential administration.
Former Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue in a recent interview praised former President Donald Trump’s White House record, opining that the ex-commander-in-chief was “singularly focused on results.”
During a podcast appearance on “The Ben Burnett Show,” the ex-lawmaker and onetime chief executive officer of Dollar General — who connected with Trump with their shared business backgrounds — said that the former president’s “outsider” status was a huge plus when he arrived in the Oval Office.
“He was an outsider like I was in Washington,” Perdue said. “He would always tell me, ‘You and I were the only ones that really come from a different world. These guys have either been here for too long or they don’t have a similar background.'”
He emphasized: “He just came from a background where you get things done or you go out of business.”
Perdue then said that he gave Trump “full credit for running the government like a business.”
“He was so singularly focused on results. He didn’t care about how we got there, and that got him in trouble sometimes,” he remarked.
Perdue was first elected to the Senate in 2014 but lost his reelection bid in a 2021 runoff to now-Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff.
In December 2021, Perdue entered the GOP gubernatorial primary against incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp with the support of Trump, who was incensed that Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger had declined to help overturn Biden’s 2020 electoral win in Georgia.
Ahead of the May primary, Perdue repeatedly questioned Kemp’s role in the 2020 election, but the governor ultimately won that matchup in a 72%-23.5% landslide.