Ben Carson backs former presidential rival Donald Trump

Ex-Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson backs former rival Republican front-runner Donald Trump

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Former Republican US presidential candidate Ben Carson endorses frontrunning Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (not pictured) at a Trump campaign event in Palm Beach, Florida March 11, 2016.

Former Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson announced his backing on Friday for current Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump in the race for the White House.

"There are two different Donald Trumps: there's the one you see on the stage and there's the one who's very cerebral, sits there and considers things very carefully," Carson said. He is the second Republican ex-candidate to back Trump in the White House race.

Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who dropped out of the race on March 4, follows New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a former candidate who also backed Trump after earlier dropping out of the race for the party's nomination ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election.

Carson made the announcement at a joint news conference with Trump in Florida, ahead of that state's primary on Tuesday.

"That's the Donald Trump that you're going to start seeing more and more of right now," Carson said during a joint appearance with the real estate magnate at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

"I have found in talking with him, that there's a lot more alignment, philosophically and spiritually, than I ever thought that there was," he said.

Trumps came under fire from his rivals on Thursday for saying Muslims hate the United States at a debate that was relatively free of the gut-punching attacks that have dominated past encounters.

Meanwhile, an online petiton that started in late December in order to block Trump from entering the United Kingdom has received more than 500,000 signatures leading to a debate in the British parliament about the request.

According to the Associated Press, Trump has 458 delegates, followed by Cruz at 359, Rubio at 151, and Kasich at 54.

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