WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is endorsing controversial Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in that state’s GOP gubernatorial primary.
In a Monday morning tweet ahead of the Tuesday contest, Trump says Kobach has his “full & total Endorsement!”
Kobach advised the Trump campaign and has continued to advise the White House on immigration and homeland security issues.
After the election, Kobach publicly backed Trump’s unsupported claim that “millions” of people voted illegally and cost him the popular vote.
Two White House officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly, said last month that Trump was inclined to endorse Kobach. The officials said aides had encouraged him to hold off, warning his hawkish immigration views may make him the weaker candidate in this fall’s general election.
Kris Kobach, a strong and early supporter of mine, is running for Governor of the Great State of Kansas. He is a fantastic guy who loves his State and our Country – he will be a GREAT Governor and has my full & total Endorsement! Strong on Crime, Border & Military. VOTE TUESDAY!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2018
Gov. Jeff Colyer’s spokesman released this statement to KSN following President Trump’s endorsement of Kris Kobach.
We respect the Trump family’s loyalty, but as Bob Dole made clear in his endorsement of the Governor — Dr. Colyer is the best candidate to win tomorrow and is the only candidate who can defeat the Democrats in the Fall.