GOP Senate candidate truncates Trump tweet in campaign mailer

GOP Senate candidate truncates Trump tweet in campaign mailer

An Arizona GOP Senate candidate's campaign is defending doctoring a tweet from President Trump for a recent campaign mailer.

Kelli Ward's campaign reportedly sent out an edited version of a 2017 tweet from Trump which originally read, "Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeOil companies join blitz for carbon tax The Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget Jeff Daniels blasts 'cowardice' of Senate Republicans against Trump MORE, who is WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate. He's toxic!"

Ward in the campaign mailer deleted the mention of Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), according to The Arizona Republic.

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The Arizona Republic reported that the use of the tweet on Ward's mailer may appear to be an endorsement even though Trump has not weighed in on the Arizona GOP Senate primary, which happens later this month.

Ward's campaign defended their use of the truncated tweet.

"The message of the tweet remains the same: President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE is happy to see Dr. Kelli Ward running against candidates who are weak on illegal immigration, for open borders, and have a history of criticizing his personal decisions and public decisions before and after he was elected," Ward campaign spokesman Zachery Henry told the Arizona Republic.

Ward, who has positioned herself as a loyal Trump supporter, is facing off against GOP establishment-backed Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyOvernight Defense: Trump officials say efforts to deter Iran are working | Trump taps new Air Force secretary | House panel passes defense bill that limits border wall funds Trump taps new Air Force secretary Bolton emerges as flashpoint in GOP debate on Iran MORE and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whom Trump pardoned in August 2017

Arpaio told the Republic that Ward's use of the tweet was not "fair." McSally's campaign declined to comment.

Ward in the mailer also featured a December 2017 photo of herself and Trump at the president's Florida Mar-a-Lago resort. A White House official told the Republic that Trump asked Ward not to share the photo at the time.