Former President Donald Trump picked up an endorsement in Texas Sunday. Governor Abbott gave his endorsement as Trump paid a visit to Edinburg, Texas.
The small town is about 30 miles from a major border crossing with Mexico. Republican Governor Greg Abbott said a second Trump term would make his “job much easier.”
The two Republican politicians served tacos and tamales to Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and Texas National Guardsmen, Abbott’s annual Thanksgiving tradition.
The president shook hands with the troopers, posed for photos, and assured them, “What you do is incredible, and you want it to be done right.”
While Joe Biden retreats to Delaware, Donald Trump is serving Thanksgiving meals to the men and women of Texas National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety who are protecting the border. He also secured the endorsement of Gov. Greg Abbott. Even though he’s already up by… pic.twitter.com/6ZQk5rUI4E
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) November 19, 2023
Trump told Abbott and the crowd of 150 onlookers, “You’ll be able to focus on other things in Texas.” He was referring to the immigration crisis at the nation’s border.
The former president pledged to continue his hard-line stance against illegal immigration if reelected in 2024.
Abbott told the crowd, “We need a president who’s going to secure the border. We need Donald J. Trump back as our president of the United States of America.”
He added, in a swipe at President Joe Biden, that the National Guard was there “because we have a president of the United States of America who is not securing our border.”
Today, I am proud to endorse Donald J. Trump for President.
Now more than ever, America needs a President who will secure the border and prioritize national security.
President Trump is the clear choice to get the job done. pic.twitter.com/gvM7sQH41Q
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 19, 2023
The key endorsement came as no surprise. Abbott has been a longtime Trump ally. He also shares the New York billionaire’s hawkish policy on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Securing the border with Mexico has become a focal point of Gov. Abbot’s agenda. It has also been a source of conflict between Texas and the Biden Administration.
The Joe Biden White House has pursued a lax policy toward immigration since 2021. That includes a bill to pass amnesty for over 10 million illegal immigrants here.
By contrast, Trump has promised to order the largest mass deportation effort in history if reelected. He has also pledged to reinstate travel bans and push for a rule to end automatic citizenship for children born to illegal immigrants.