Arkansas' Gov. Sanders will endorse Trump, after all
Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed late Monday she's endorsing Donald Trump as the GOP candidate for president.
- NBC first reported the news earlier in the day.
Why it matters: It's a decisive move for Sanders to align with MAGA Republicans and distance herself from former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who's also seeking the nomination.
- Hutchinson is vocal about his opposition to Trump, saying "he's dangerous for our country."
Flashback: Sanders served as Trump's White House press secretary from 2017 to 2019.
- Earlier this year, Trump was reportedly frustrated with Sanders for her neutrality in the race.
- One Trump ally described the feeling to Axios' Alex Thompson as: "You should always dance with the person who brought you."
What they're saying: "The time has come to return to the normal policies of the Trump era — which created a safer, stronger and more prosperous America — and that's why I am proud to endorse Donald Trump for president," Sanders said in a statement texted to Axios.
- "We had great success in the White House and it's an honor to have Sarah's endorsement," Trump said in a statement.
What's next: Sanders is expected to officially make the endorsement Wednesday at a Trump rally in Hialeah, Florida.
- Poll: Sarah Huckabee Sanders' approval rating the lowest for an Arkansas governor in 20 years
- Arkansas Gov. Sanders bans gender-neutral terms from state documents
- Sarah Huckabee Sanders dismisses allegations of altered documents in Podiumgate
Editor's note: This story has been corrected to say Sanders served as Trump's White House press secretary from 2017 to 2019; she was not his first press secretary.
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