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Mitch McConnell supports Donald Trump for president

WASHINGTON – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Approved Wednesday Donald Trump‘s attempt to return to the White House after a dominant Super Tuesday performance by the former president.

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

The Senate minority leader was the most prominent Republican who had yet to support Trump. When asked repeatedly in recent months whether he would support the former president, McConnell demurred, telling reporters he would support the party’s eventual nominee.

McConnell voiced his support shortly after former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley ended her campaign for president.

In his statement Wednesday, McConnell highlighted the “great things” he and Trump accomplished during his presidency, including reforming the federal judiciary and installing three conservative justices to the Supreme Court.

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“I look forward to the opportunity to move from defending against the terrible policies the Biden administration has implemented to continuing offense aimed at making a real difference in improving the lives of the American people,” he said.

McConnell and Trump have long had a frosty relationship, which became even frostier after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. McConnell voted to acquit Trump in his impeachment trial related to the Capitol riot, but he gave a speech in which he placed the blame for the mob attack squarely on Trump. The two men did not speak for at least three years.

“There is no doubt that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day. There is no doubt about that,” McConnell said in the Senate after Trump was acquitted in the Senate impeachment trial. “The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president.”

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McConnell has repeatedly publicly broken with Trump and his supporters by supporting additional aid to Ukraine. Trump has also made racist attacks on McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, who served as Secretary of Transportation under the Trump administration.

Still, aides to both Republicans had been conducting backchannel discussions to drum up support for Trump from the Republican Senate leader, sources told NBC News last month.

McConnell, who has seen his grip on the Republican conference in the Senate diminish as Trump’s has grown, announced he will step down as leader at the end of this year.

Despite past public and private disagreements with Trump, McConnell previously said he would support the Republican nominee for president even if it was Trump.

In February 2021, a month after the attack on the Capitol, McConnell told Fox News that he would “absolutely” back Trump if he became the Republican nominee in 2024.

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, the only other member of the GOP leadership in the Senate who had not endorsed the former president, added her own endorsement of X not long after McConnell released his statement. “We have to beat Joe Biden and get this country back on track. Donald Trump has my support,” she says wrote.

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McConnell’s lack of relationship with Trump was cited by members of the Republican Senate Conference as a reason they felt it made sense for him to step down as leader at the end of this year.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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