Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, announced in a social media post Sunday that he was “proud to endorse” former President Donald Trump for his 2024 presidential candidacy.
“Today, I am proud to endorse Donald J. Trump for President,” Abbott said in a post on the X website, formerly known as Twitter. He added: “Now more than ever, America needs a president who secures its borders and prioritizes national security. President Trump is the clear choice to get the job done.”
The former president joined the governor in Edinburg, Texas, on Sunday for Abbott’s annual pre-Thanksgiving tradition of offering tamales to Texas Department of Public Safety troops and Texas National Guardsmen deployed along the southern border under the governor’s Operation Lone Star program.
Texas government. Abbott will endorse Trump’s 2024 GOP nomination when they rally Sunday near the US-Mexico border
The visit aims to shed light on the flammable issue of illegal immigration and border security.
The border has been a major issue for Republican voters, GOP leaders and politicians for two and a half years, leading to intense criticism of President Biden’s administration’s handling of the crisis and the surge in migrants crossing the border.
Trump has pledged to launch the largest mass deportation effort in American history if re-elected, and will reimpose the travel ban and his 2019 “Remain in Mexico” program, which forced non-Mexican asylum seekers aiming to enter the United States at the southern border to wait in Mexico for their cases to be resolved.
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In 2021, Trump endorsed Abbott as a conservative governor who was seeking re-election and faced multiple primary challenges from the right.
He overwhelmingly won renomination in March 2022 before defeating his Democratic rival, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, last November to secure a third term as governor.
Abbott was grateful for Trump’s early endorsement last cycle, according to those in the governor’s political orbit, and now he appears to be returning the favor.
As the first vote approaches in the Republican presidential nomination race, this candidate remains in the driver’s seat
Trump is making his third straight run to the White House and is currently the front-runner for the 2024 Republican nomination, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a former ambassador to the United Nations and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley currently vying for the second spot by a wide margin. A place at the polls.
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Trump’s lead expanded over the spring and summer as he made history as the first former or sitting president in American history to be charged with a crime. The four indictments against Trump — including in federal court in Washington, D.C., and Fulton District Court in Georgia on charges he tried to overturn his loss in the 2020 presidential election — have increased his support among Republican voters.
Fox News Digital’s Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.