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 TrumpSunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal Rove warns Senate GOP: Don't put only focus on base Ann Coulter blasts Trump shutdown compromise: ‘We voted for Trump and got Jeb!’ 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 ClintonConservatives pound BuzzFeed, media over Cohen report BuzzFeed story has more to say about media than the president Trump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier 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 BarlettaTrump's most memorable insults and nicknames of 2018 GOP trading fancy offices, nice views for life in minority Casey secures third Senate term over Trump-backed Barletta 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 SessionsOvernight Health Care: Thousands more migrant children may have been separated | Senate rejects bill to permanently ban federal funds for abortion | Women's March to lobby for 'Medicare for All' Acting AG Whitaker's wife defends him in lengthy email to journalist Watchdog: Thousands more migrant children separated from parents than previously known 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.