NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has endorsed U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan in his Republican primary with former New York congressman Michael Grimm.
In a tweet Wednesday night, the Republican president said the former prosecutor is strong on borders and crime, loves the military and veterans and voted for tax cuts.
Donovan had won the seat, which comprises Staten Island and a portion of southern Brooklyn, after Grimm’s resignation in 2015.
Grimm responded to the endorsement by tweeting that Donovan has failed to pass even one substantive bill into law and has “voted against Trump every time it mattered, from failing to repeal Obamacare to banning sanctuary cities.”
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Grimm was initially elected in 2010. The former FBI agent served eight months in prison on tax evasion. He says the prosecution was politically driven.