Trump endorses Texas Gov. Abbott for re-election

Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday officially endorsed Gov. Greg Abbott for re-election.

In a statement to the media, Trump praised Abbott for his handling of the economy and fighting for border security among other issues.

“Governor Greg Abbott will continue to be a great leader for the Lone Star State, and has my Complete and Total Endorsement for re-election. He will never let you down!” Trump said in the statement.

The endorsement comes as Abbott faces his first serious GOP primary challenge. Former State Sen. Don Huffines has announced he’s running against Abbott. Huffines said Abbott hasn’t been conservative enough and mismanaged the response to the pandemic by putting too many restrictions on Texans.

“President Trump is a great friend of Texas, and I thank him for his endorsement,” Abbott said. “I am proud of the work we have done together to secure our border, bring more jobs to Texas, and protect the freedoms that make America and Texas great — and we are just getting started. I thank President Trump for his leadership, and I will continue to fight for the values that make Texas the greatest state in America.”

Trump has already endorsed Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick for re-election and has said he’ll make an endorsement in the expected race for attorney general between Ken Paxton, the embattled incumbent, and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush.

Bush is expected to announce on Wednesday night that he is running against Paxton.

“I like them both very much,” Trump said in a statement last week. “I’ll be making my endorsement and recommendation to the great people of Texas in the not-so-distant future.”

jeremy.wallace@chron.com

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