Texas Governor Greg Abbott endorsed former President Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for President of the United States Sunday.
Speaking to the mayors of New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., Abbott declared, “You need a new president.”
“Joe Biden has failed at national security.”
“We need a president that will secure the border,” Abbot said.
“We need Donald J. Trump back as our president of the United States of America,” Greg Abbott said.
“I’m here today to officially proclaim my endorsement for Donald J. Trump to be President of the United States of America, again.”
Trump responded, saying:
“I am going to make your job much easier. We love Texas.”
Trump and Governor Abbott served tamales to Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and National Guard Soldiers in a pre-Thanksgiving meal.
The troopers and Guardsmen are assigned to security duty under Abbott’s Operation Lone Star.
Abbott is the fifth governor to endorse Trump during the 2024 Republican primary.
He joins a growing list of Texas statewide elected officials:
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick
Attorney General Ken Paxton
Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham
Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller
In Trump’s 2020 presidential race against Joe Biden, he received 52 percent of the vote.
Trump also captured nearly 5.6 million votes in the Lone Star State.
During the Texas election of 2020, border issues were a key factor.
During Fiscal Year 2020, Border Patrol agents encountered just over 400,000 migrants.
However, under the Biden administration, agents encountered just over 407, 000 migrants in the past two months, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Southwest Land Border Encounters Reports.
Earlier this year, Abbott accused the Biden administration of cutting razor wire that the state had previously installed in the border area of Eagle Pass.
“Texas installed razor wire in Eagle Pass to stop illegal crossings,” Abbott explained on X, formerly known as Twitter.
“Today the Biden Admin CUT that wire, opening the floodgates to illegal immigrants.”
“I immediately deployed more Texas National Guard to repel illegal crossings & install more razor wire,” the Republican governor added after accusing the Biden admin of cutting it at the border.
President of the National Border Patrol Council told the audience that Trump shook every hand and took photos with every trooper and guardsman at the luncheon.