Donald Trump endorsed Mitt Romney for president on Thursday, just hours after Newt Gingrich’s advisers were spreading the word that Trump would be supporting him.
“Mitt is tough, he’s smart, he’s sharp and he’s not going to allow bad things to continue to happen to this country we all love,” The Associated Press quoted Trump as having said in a joint news conference with Romney in Las Vegas.
The endorsement was the finale in a puzzling chain of events that began Wednesday, when Trump’s office announced he would be flying to Las Vegas for a "major announcement" related to the presidential contest.
Gingrich’s advisers suggested Trump had sent “signals” that he would endorse the former House speaker, but that turned out to be false.
Romney, AP reported, said he was glad to get the support, and said, “There are some things you just can’t imagine happening. This is one of them.”
Trump had considered joining the Republican race himself, but announced in May that he would not do so.
He did, however, manage to force President Barack Obama to publicly release his birth certificate to prove that he was born in Hawaii and is thus eligible to serve as President.
The birth certificate was produced after Trump had begun questioning why Obama hadn't ensured the long form was released and even claimed to have investigators in Hawaii researching Obama's birth.
Trump’s endorsement of Romney comes two days before the Nevada caucuses, which will take place on Saturday. AP reported, however, that the endorsement is not likely to affect the results of the primary.
On Tuesday, Romney won the Florida primary.