- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 28, 2016

Sen. Jeff Sessions, who led the fight against the 2013 Senate immigration bill, endorsed Donald Trump’s presidential bid Sunday, breaking his own precedent to boost the billionaire businessman just ahead of the biggest day on the election calendar.

The endorsement is a major blow to Sen. Ted Cruz, who has been arguing on the campaign trail that he stood with Mr. Sessions in fighting the 2013 bill. But on Sunday, Mr. Sessions said he’s putting his faith in Mr. Trump to be the candidate to finally get the immigration system fixed and to nix bad trade agreements.

“I think at this time, in my opinion, my best judgment … we need to make America great again,” Mr. Sessions said at a Trump rally in Alabama, donning one of the red caps emblazoned with the Trump campaign slogan.

An aide earlier this year said Mr. Sessions has never endorsed anyone in a presidential primary during his two decades in Congress.

Mr. Sessions had previously endorsed Mr. Trump’s immigration plan but had shied away from an endorsement of a candidate.

• Stephen Dinan can be reached at sdinan@washingtontimes.com.

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