By Ann-Marie Adams, Staff Writer
ORLANDO, FL. — Ben Carson endorsed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Friday, saying he has “buried the hatchet” after a long march to narrowing a large field of potential candidates for the White House.
Speaking at a news conference on Friday morning at Trump’s private residence, Carson, a retired neurosurgeon called for party unity, after ending his White House campaign on Super Tuesday. Many politicos said Carson’s endorsement will give Trump a boost to his campaign going to the presidential primaries in Florida and Ohio on Tuesday.
“What I’ve been seeing recently is political operatives … once again trying to assert themselves and trying to thwart the will of the people,” Carson said. “I find that to be an extraordinarily dangerous place right now.”
According to Carson, there are “two Donald Trumps” — one is Trump’s public persona and the other is a more = “cerebral” man.
“Some people have gotten the impression that Donald Trump is this person who is not malleable, who does not have the ability to listen, and to take information in and make wise decisions. And that’s not true,” Carson said. “He’s much more cerebral than that.”
After Carson won the straw poll last year, he had several heated exchanges with Trump. Now, that’s all in the past, Carson said.
“We moved on because it’s not about me. It’s not about Mr. Trump. This is about America.”
Trump returned the praise but made no promises to Carson about future political positing in his administration.
“Having (Carson’s) support, really, it just adds total credence to what I’m trying to do and to what we’re all trying to do,” Trump said.