romney trump getty Donald Trump endorses Mitt Romney, says he'd join administration

As the Republican primaries are in full swing, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are fighting to get any endorsement they can. And, for better or worse, Romney secured the vote of Donald Trump.

On Thursday (Feb. 2) Trump announced his support of the former Massachusetts governor. During the press conference Trump called Romney “tough” and “smart.”

“It’s my honor, real honor, to endorse Mitt Romney,” Trump says. Trump adds he believes Romney is “not going to continue to allow bad things to happen to this country.”

Trump’s endorsement certainly means an end to any third-party candidacy for the real estate magnate. He had flirted with the idea repeatedly, including as recently as Dec. 2011. But, should Romney win, Trump tells TMZ that he’d happily serve on his cabinet.

“I love what I do…but I love the country even more,” Trump says. “If I can do anything to help, whether it’s [under] Mitt Romney or anybody else, I would love to do it if it’s good for the country.”

The Democrats were quick to jump on news of Trump’s endorsement. In a statement from the Democratic National Committee, the organization asks, “Why would Trump Endorse Romney? Perhaps because they Both Like Firing People!” This, of course, is a reference to Romney’s days with Bain Capital and Trump’s TV catch phrase “You’re Fired.”

Posted by:David Eckstein