Trump Hands Out Endorsements to Former 2016 Primary Rivals

Former President Donald Trump has said he wants to wait and see what happens after the 2022 elections to decide whether he will run again in 2024, but he’s nevertheless remaining active politically and is using his considerable clout to help like-minded Republicans win office or remain in Washington.

Trump has been lending his name to a growing number of GOP candidates and he just endorsed two more — both of whom opposed him for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination: Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

“Marco has been a tireless advocate for the people of Florida, fighting to cut taxes, supporting our Second Amendment, our Military and our Vets, a strong national defense, and all of the forgotten men and women of America,” Trump noted in a statement released by Save America, his leadership political action committee.

“Marco worked with me to reform the VA and help our small businesses grow, and with his help, we achieved the lowest ever unemployment for women, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and almost all Americans. Together, we worked closely with the Cuban and Venezuelan communities, and have made great progress,” the former president continued.

And something else that is notable about his endorsement of Rubio: It pretty much puts an end to speculation that Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, was planning to run against the incumbent senator next year.

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