Donald Trump snags endorsements from two GOP chairmen

Donald Trump snags endorsements from two GOP chairmen
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Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, is throwing his support behind Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSasse: Trump shouldn't dignify Putin with Helsinki summit Top LGBT group projects message onto Presidential Palace in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit Hillary Clinton to Trump ahead of Putin summit: 'Do you know which team you play for?' MORE’s presidential campaign, becoming the 11th member of Congress to endorse the New York real estate mogul.

House Veterans' Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), who NBC news reported has been advising Trump on national security issues, also said Thursday he is backing the GOP's front-running candidate.
 

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Shuster represents Pennsylvania’s 9th district, where Trump is a heavy favorite, and was elected to serve as a delegate at the Republican Convention. 

The endorsement comes just two days after Shuster narrowly defeated Tea Party insurgent Art Halvorson in a tough primary challenge on Tuesday.

The 15-year veteran of Congress has come under fire for his relationship with a top airline lobbyist and had been fending off accusations from Halvorson that he is part of the Washington “cartel” of lawmakers who are financially beholden to lobbyists.

In his endorsement, Shuster said the GOP needs to unify behind Trump and focus its attacks on Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton to Trump ahead of Putin summit: 'Do you know which team you play for?' 10 things we learned from Peter Strzok's congressional testimony Get ready for summit with no agenda and calculated risks MORE.

“Donald is a private sector business leader who knows what it takes to get things done — and that is something that Washington desperately needs,” Shuster said in a statement. “Donald also shares my passion for economic development, including making sure our nation’s infrastructure meets the needs of our citizens."

In endorsing Trump, Shuster and Miller join Republican Reps. Lou BarlettaLouis (Lou) James BarlettaElection Countdown: Latest on the 2018 Senate money race | Red-state Dems feeling the heat over Kavanaugh | Dem doubts about Warren | Ocasio-Cortez to visit Capitol Hill | Why Puerto Ricans in Florida could swing Senate race Midterm turnout surges for both parties Poll: Incumbent Dem leads Pennsylvania Senate race by 15 MORE (Pa.), Kevin Cramer (N.D.), Chris Collins (N.Y.), Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.), Renee Ellmers (N.C.), Duncan Hunter (Calif.), Tom Marino (Pa.) and Tom Reed (N.Y.), and Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsConservatives moving to impeach Rosenstein soon: report Senators urge DOJ to probe whether Russians posed as Islamic extremist hackers to harass US military families The Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies for Putin summit: 'He’s not my enemy’ MORE (R-Ala.).

Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) said he voted for Trump this week, but will officially endorse this summer at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. 

Scott Wong contributed to this report.

— This post was updated at 11:44 a.m.