President Donald Trump threw his support behind U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., on Thursday, endorsing the North Florida Republican for a fourth term in the U.S. House.
Trump took to Twitter to endorse Yoho who faces a primary challenge later this month from Judson Sapp, a businessman who served as an aide to U.S. Sen. Connie Mack, R-Fla., and longtime GOP state legislator John Thrasher.
“Congressman Ted Yoho of Florida is doing a fantastic job and has my complete and total endorsement!” Trump posted on Twitter. “Tough on crime and borders, Ted was really helpful on tax cuts. Vote all the way for Ted in the upcoming primary - he will never let you down!”
Yoho was happy to have the president’s backing in the primary which will be held on August 28.
“Thank you Mr. President Donald J. Trump for your incredible endorsement," Yoho posted on Facebook. “I look forward to continuing our important work together and Keeping America Great!”
While Trump did not point to it, Yoho, who served as the vice chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee and currently leads the U.S. House Asia and Pacific Subcommittee, has gone to bat for the administration on international issues, including the White House’s efforts in North Korea. Yoho also successfully got his “Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development Act (BUILD Act),” which streamlines a host of federal programs into a single development finance corporation, through the House. The Trump administration made a similar proposal in its FY 2019 budget request.
Trump has also backed U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., for a second term in the House, supported Gov. Rick Scott’s challenge to U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and has endorsed U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., to be Florida’s next governor.
First elected to Congress in 2012, when he upset longtime U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., in the primary, Yoho has promised to serve four terms in Congress.