HOT: Donald Trump Snags First High-Powered Endorsements.
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On Wednesday, New York Rep. Chris Collins threw his support behind 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, thus becoming the first congressional Republican to endorse the bombastic front-runner.
“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 ISIS, Iran, North Korea and Russia, and most importantly, re-establish the opportunity for our children and grandchildren to attain the American Dream,” Collins announced in a statement, according to The Buffalo News.
In addition, Politico reported that Rep. Duncan Hunter also endorsed The Donald on Wednesday.
“We don’t need a policy wonk as president. We need a leader as president,” the California Republican said during a phone interview. “I’m in, and I’ve been in.”
“I don’t think Trump wants my endorsement,” Hunter added. “And that’s one reason why I like him.”
Rep. Collins, himself a successful businessman, argued that Trump’s overwhelming success in commerce and trade gave him the acumen needed to “deal with the daunting fiscal issues threatening America’s future.”
“It’s time to say no to professional politicians and yes to someone who has created jobs and grown a business,” Collins’ statement continued.
Interestingly enough, Trump was not Collins’ first choice. He initially endorsed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who dropped out of the race after performing poorly in Saturday’s South Carolina primary.
Collins also admitted that he did not see eye-to-eye with the billionaire mogul on all the issues, including amnesty, which Trump vehemently opposed.
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“No,” Collins reportedly replied when asked about the prospect of deporting America’s 11 million or so illegal immigrants. “But we can certainly determine who they are.”
The New York Republican also opposed Trump’s proposal to implement a moratorium on Islamic immigration.
“At this point, I’m not ready to go that far,” Collins said, though he added that he did support blocking the importation of Syrian refugees.
Despite these disagreements in policy, the congressman remained hopeful that Trump’s business experience would be a much-needed boon for America.
“We’re electing a chief executive, not a chief politician,” Collins concluded.