Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) endorsed former president and current GOP frontrunner Donald Trump on Sunday.

Trump was visiting the U.S.-Mexico border town of Edinburg, Texas when he received the nod. In early stages of primary elections, it is highly critical for presidential candidates to get endorsements from recognizable names in their party. It is especially the case for Trump, as he takes on multiple Republican candidates pulling support from different factions within the conservative movement.

“We need a president who’s going to secure the border,” Abbott said. “We need Donald J. Trump back as our president of the United States of America.”

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Trump promised Abbott that his job as governor of Texas will be made easier once he implements stricter border policies as president. “You’ll be able to focus on other things in Texas,” Trump said to Abbott before a crowd of 150 people at an airport hanger. The pair were about 30 miles from the Mexico border and the “Hidalgo” Port of Entry.

Earlier Sunday, Trump stood behind a food counter serving meals to Texas National Guard soldiers and others that will be stationed at the border during Thanksgiving. “What you do is incredible, and you want it to be done right,” Trump told them.

Referring to the soldiers and Texas troopers, Abbott said, “They should not be here at this time. They should be at home.” He went on: “the only reason why they are here is because we have a president of the United States of America who is not securing our border.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) endorsed former president and current GOP frontrunner Donald Trump on Sunday.
Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump, right, is introduced by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at the South Texas International Airport Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023, in Edinburg, Texas. Abbott and Trump help serve a Thanksgiving meal to Texas state troopers and guardsmen. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)


Trump has been signaling that he will pursue a far stricter immigration policy should he return to office in 2024. His new platform includes blocking people based on ideology, sending the Coast Guard and the Navy to form a blockade, expanding the Muslim travel ban, designating drug cartels as “unlawful enemy combatants,” and ending birthright citizenship.

“We just need the walls. And it worked,” Trump said on Sunday. He also criticized Biden’s withdrawal process from Afghanistan in 2021 and the country’s inflation rate.

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