Blackstone CEO says he won't back Trump in 2024 -Axios
WASHINGTON, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Blackstone Group founder BX.N Stephen Schwarzman, who was among Wall Street's biggest contributors to Donald Trump's 2020 re-election campaign, said he will back Trump in 2024, Axios reported on Wednesday.
The former president announced he will run in the 2024 U.S. presidential election on Tuesday.
Schwarzman said it was time for party leadership and that he would back a different Republican in the presidential contest, Axios said, citing a statement from the chairman and chief executive of the private equity group.
"It is time for the Republican Party to turn to a generation of leaders and I intend to support one of them in the presidential primaries," he said.
Schwarzmanleading up to last week's midterm election, spending $35.5 million to support Republicans. Republicans are one seat short of capturing control of the U.S. House of Representatives but failed to take over the U.S. Senate, and most of Trump's endorsed candidates lost their races.
"America does better when its leaders are rooted in today and tomorrow, today and yesterday," Schwarzman wrote, according to Axios.
Trump, who has attacked the integrity of the 2020 election and faces multiple investigations,Tuesday at his resort in Florida.
Politico last week reported that another major Republican donor, Citadel hedge fund CEO Ken Griffin, last week endorsed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who handilyin the Nov. 8 election.
Meanwhiletied to Trump jumped on Wednesday after his announcement.
(Writing by Susan Heavey
Editing by Tomasz Janowski)