Trump scores backing from Chris Christie
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
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