First congressional endorsements roll in for Trump

By Ann Marie Awad  |  Feb. 24, 2016 at 12:50 PM
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- On the heels of his Nevada win, Donald Trump got his first two endorsements from sitting members of Congress.

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., became the first congressman to endorse Trump on Wednesday.

"Donald Trump has clearly demonstrated that he has both the guts and the fortitude to return our nation's jobs stolen by China, take on our enemies like [the Islamic State], Iran, North Korea and Russia, and most importantly, reestablish the opportunity for our children and grandchildren to attain the American Dream," Collins told The Buffalo News in a statement. "That is why I am proud to endorse him as the next President of the United States."

Collins had previously endorsed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush before Bush dropped out of the race last week.

The second endorsement came from Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif.

"I think you have more Trump supporters in Congress. They just have to come out of the closet, so to speak," Hunter told Politico. "I've liked Trump since the beginning."

Trump's campaign has not commented on either endorsement.

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