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Trump endorses former White House physician Ronny Jackson for Congress

Trump endorses former White House physician Ronny Jackson for Congress
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE endorsed former White House physician and retired Navy Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson (R) for an open House seat in Texas. 

Jackson is running in the state’s 13th congressional district, a Republican stronghold and seat that will be left vacant by Rep. Mac ThornberryWilliam (Mac) McClellan ThornberryOvernight Defense: Formal negotiations inch forward on defense bill with Confederate base name language | Senators look to block B UAE arms sales | Trump administration imposes Iran sanctions over human rights abuses Defense bill moves to formal negotiations with Confederate name fight looming Overnight Defense: Trump orders troop drawdown in Afghanistan and Iraq | Key Republicans call Trump plan a 'mistake' MORE (R ), the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, who announced his retirement last year. 

Jackson entered the crowded primary late, turning in paperwork a day before the deadline to file. 

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“I hope we can get Admiral @RonnyJackson4TX of Texas, who served our Country so well, into the runoff election in #TX13!” Trump tweeted. “Ronny is strong on Crime and Borders, GREAT for our Military and Vets, and will protect your #2A. Get out and vote for Ronny on Tuesday, March 3rd!”

Trump nominated Jackson last year to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, but he was withdrawn from consideration amid allegations of professional misconduct, including drinking on the job and overprescribing medication. Jackson also reportedly hid cauliflower in the president's mashed potatoes to improve his diet.

The Texas primary takes place on Super Tuesday.