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Ben Carson Will Endorse Donald Trump

Former presidential candidate Ben Carson will endorse Donald Trump on Friday.

The Washington Post reports that the retired neurosurgeon finalized his decision Thursday during a meeting with Trump in Florida, and that he will announce his endorsement Friday at a news conference in Palm Beach.

On FoxNews radio Thursday, Carson hinted at his choice. “There’s two Donald Trumps,” he said. “There’s the Donald Trump that you see on television and who gets out in front of big audiences, and there’s the Donald Trump behind the scenes. They’re not the same person. One’s very much and entertainer, and one is actually a thinking individual.”

Carson ended his own presidential bid last week, saying he saw no “political path forward” in the race. He has accepted a position at My Faith Votes, an organization focused on getting Christian voters to the polls.

He said at the time that he did not plan to endorse a candidate. “I’ve committed, Greta, to not endorsing a specific person, but rather endorsing ‘We the People,’ and looking at our ability as intelligent human beings to use the correct criteria to make an informed choice,” he told Fox News‘ Greta Van Susetren last week.

Carson will become the second former presidential candidate this cycle to endorse the frontrunner, after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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