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Trump Backing Romney as Candidate Defends Remark on ‘Poor’

Mitt Romney, a day after being criticized by Democrats for his comments about America’s poor, will win the backing of real estate developer Donald Trump, according to two people who aren’t authorized to speak about the matter before a joint event today in Las Vegas.

Trump, 65, the host of “The Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC, flirted last year with his own presidential run. He planned what he billed as a “major announcement” today, and didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

Trump and Romney have had bumps in their relationship. In December, Romney declined to attend a Republican presidential candidates’ debate Trump had proposed in Iowa. The event was subsequently canceled. Trump, who owns a casino hotel in Las Vegas, would be throwing his support behind Romney two days before Nevada’s party caucuses. The timing has the potential to be both beneficial and awkward.

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