McConnell backs Trump — mildly

Mitch McConnell is endorsing Donald Trump for president, a move that the Senate GOP leader waited on making until after Trump’s only main rival dropped out of the GOP primary.

McConnell has always maintained he would support the eventual Republican nominee, which makes Nikki Haley’s Wednesday suspension of her campaign the last major barrier to his formal endorsement. His decision to formally back Trump amounts to a detente, however involuntary, after a rocky three years between the two men.

McConnell did not speak to Trump for three years after the former president tried to overturn his 2020 loss, and Trump sought to oust McConnell as GOP leader after the 2022 midterms.

“It is abundantly clear that former President Trump has earned the requisite support of Republican voters to be our nominee for President of the United States,” McConnell said in a statement. “It should come as no surprise that as nominee, he will have my support.”

The Kentucky Republican added that he and Trump “worked together to accomplish great things for the American people” during his four years in office, “including tax reform that supercharged our economy and a generational change of our federal judiciary — most importantly, the Supreme Court.”

“I look forward to the opportunity of switching from playing defense against the terrible policies the Biden administration has pursued to a sustained offense geared towards making a real difference in improving the lives of the American people,” McConnell added.

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