Donald Trump Endorses Romney Campaign
[UPDATED: Thursday Feb. 2, 1:10 p.m.: Donald Trump endorsed Mitt Romney’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination from his Las Vegas hotel Thursday.
"It's my honor, a real honor to endorse Mitt Romney," said Trump in a subdued, two-minute introduction of the former governmor.]
Trump will make the announcement at Trump Hotel in Las Vegas. On Twitter, Trump tweeted, “@realDonaldTrump I will be making a major announcement today at 12:30 pm PST at Trump International Hotel & Tower, Las Vegas, Nevada. The announcement will pertain to the Presidential race. All media welcome.”
Trump confirmed that his choice will be Mitt Romney an hour before his announcement Thursday morning.
This development came as somewhat of a surprise just hours after candidate Newt Gingrich informed close advisors that he expected to win Trump’s support. Gingrich supposedly received “signals” from trump that he would support him, and was so confident in this that officials confirmed it Wednesday night to news organizations, including the AP.
Trump throws his support behind Romney just two days before Nevada holds its presidential caucuses on Saturday, and new polls suggest Romney is poised for victory in Saturday’s caucus.
Although Romney’s endorsement came as a surprise, it was no secret that Trump had been no stranger to the Republican Party. He has frequently publicly criticized President Barak Obama, and stirred up significant controversy by openly questioning Obama’s birth certificate.