Reports: Ted Cruz Expected To Announce Support For Trump

September 23, 2016 2:14 p.m.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is reportedly expected to throw his support behind Donald Trump as the GOP nominee.

Cruz’s statement of support could come as early as Friday, according to anonymous sources close to Cruz cited in a Politico report.

Sources familiar with the decision confirmed the report to CNN.

At a Bloomberg Live event on Wednesday, Cruz’s former presidential campaign manager, Jeff Roe, said that Cruz “thinks about it every day,” in reference to a possible endorsement.

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Later that same day, the Trump campaign issued a press release in support of an initiative led by Cruz to stop the Obama administration from transferring U.S. oversight of Internet domain names to an international body.

Cruz tweeted his thanks for Trump’s support:

Cruz had declined to endorse Trump during his speech at the Republican National Convention in July, drawing the ire of attendees.

“Vote your conscience,” he urged in a primetime speech, drawing boos from the crowd and prompting security to escort his wife, Heidi, out of the venue.

It was not clear whether Cruz planned to offer a full endorsement or simply to announce that he planned to vote for Trump in November.

Others who worked with Cruz’s campaign were unhappy with the prospect of a reversal on his position. “It destroys his political brand,” one unnamed former staffer told Politico.

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