Trump scores back­ing from Chris Christie

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Repub­li­can can­di­date Don­ald Trump on Fri­day won the sur­prise en­dorse­ment of New Jersey Gov­er­nor Chris Christie, the most prom­i­nent main­stream Repub­li­can to get be­hind the for­mer re­al­ity TV star’s cam­paign.

Christie said the bil­lion­aire fron­trun­ner has the best chance of beat­ing Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton in the Novem­ber pres­i­den­tial elec­tion – al­though Clin­ton has yet to se­cure her party’s nom­i­na­tion.

The en­dorse­ment gives Trump a fur­ther lift be­fore the Su­per Tues­day nom­i­nat­ing con­test. It comes just a day af­ter he took a bat­ter­ing from his two main ri­vals dur­ing a tele­vised Repub­li­can de­bate. Trump’s un­ortho­dox can­di­dacy has stirred con­tro­versy and shaken the Repub­li­can Party, but an in­creas­ing num­ber of se­nior Repub­li­cans are be­com­ing re­signed to the idea that he will be their can­di­date.

Trump is “rewrit­ing the play­book”, said Christie, who un­til two weeks ago was also a ri­val for the Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion. Christie dropped out af­ter fail­ing to muster much sup­port for his can­di­dacy.

Trump (69), who has never held pub­lic of­fice, has cam­paigned as a political out­sider. He is rid­ing a wave of voter anger at the slow eco­nomic re­cov­ery, il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion and what he says is Amer­ica’s di­min­ish­ing role in the world.

The 11 Repub­li­can nom­i­nat­ing con­tests on Tues­day have a to­tal of al­most 600 del­e­gates at stake, and could set Trump up to clinch the pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion.

As Trump’s White House dream is near­ing re­al­ity, cu­rios­ity about the woman who could be Amer­ica’s First Lady, Me­la­nia Trump (45), has been grow­ing, the Daily Mail re­ported this week.

The for­mer Slove­nian su­per­model has not been em­bar­rassed by her hus­band’s os­ten­ta­tious be­hav­iour, reg­u­larly post­ing pic­tures of her ex­trav­a­gant ex­is­tence on so­cial me­dia.

She has for years had to put up with peo­ple snig­ger­ing that all she sees in him is a great big dol­lar sign. Asked this week what it was that first at­tracted her to him, Mrs Trump avoided the ob­vi­ous trap.

“His mind, his amaz­ing mind,” she said in her thick east­ern Euro­pean ac­cent, nar­row­ing her kohl-cov­ered blue eyes for ex­tra em­pha­sis.

That mind may yet pro­pel the Trumps to the White House, a re­mark­able achieve­ment not just for him, but for a young woman who came to the US 19 years ago from the com­mu­nist pri­va­tions of the for­mer Yu­goslavia.

The am­bi­tious im­mi­grant and the third Mrs Trump may yet be­come the first for­eign-born First Lady since Louisa Adams, the UK-born wife of 1820s pres­i­dent John Quincy Adams.

First ladies tend to fall into two cat­e­gories: those con­tent to look fra­grant and fade gen­tly into the back­ground, and those – such as Nancy Rea­gan, Hil­lary Clin­ton and Eleanor Roo­sevelt – who make their pres­ence felt not only in the White House, but also in govern­ment. Mrs Trump’s vir­tual ab­sence from the Trump nom­i­na­tion cam­paign has left many con­vinced she would fall into the for­mer cat­e­gory.

This week, she fi­nally spoke out, per­haps keen to dis­pel wide­spread as­sump­tions that Trump mar­ried her for her looks rather than her brains.

“I’m not a yes per­son,” she told Us Weekly mag­a­zine in one of a clutch of in­ter­views. “I give him my opin­ions. Some­times he fol­lows them, some­times he doesn’t,” she said.

– Reuters, Daily Mail

PHOTO: PA­TRICK T FAL­LON / BLOOMBERG VIA GETTY IM­AGES

SHE’S GOT THE LOOK Me­la­nia Trump, the third Mrs Trump, may yet be­come the first for­eign-born US First Lady since Louisa Adams, the UK-born wife of 1820s pres­i­dent John Quincy Adams

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