Trump picks up seventh lawmaker endorsement

Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech MORE's outsider campaign has picked up its seventh congressional endorsement.

In endorsing Trump, Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) this week became the second New York Republican to throw his support behind the controversial businessman.
 
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"Now is the time to unite behind the candidate who I believe will be our nominee, Donald Trump," Reed said in a statement Wednesday, according to Syracuse.com.
 
"We must move beyond the bombastic rhetoric to positive discussion about creating jobs and improving the lives of all Americans. We all care about improving people's lives — that should always be our focus," Reed added.
 
Reed initially backed Jeb Bush's presidential campaign. Bush dropped out in late February after poor showings in early-voting states.
 
Fellow New York Rep. Chris Collins last month became the first congressional Republican to back Trump. Four other representatives and Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTime to bring federal employees home for every holiday Alabama zeroes in on Richard Shelby's future Tuberville incorrectly says Gore was president-elect in 2000 MORE (R-Ala.) have since backed Trump, along with three governors.
 
Trump's endorsements pale in comparison to those for Cruz, who boasts nearly 30 congressional endorsements. Kasich has nine lawmakers backing his campaign. Several who had supported Bush and Rubio have since backed Cruz.