Jean-Marie Le Pen endorses Donald Trump

February 28, 2016

On the heels of his endorsements from a trio of American governors, Donald Trump now has the backing of a leader overseas.

Jean-Marie Le Pen said Saturday on Twitter that he would support Trump if he were an American. The tweet closed with Le Pen offering God’s blessing to Trump.

The endorsement is not much of a surprise, given the beliefs shared by Trump and Le Pen. Trump has made immigration a centerpiece of his campaign, pledging to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and to deport millions of undocumented immigrants.

Those proposals would be right at home in Le Pen’s far-right National Front party.

The endorsement from abroad comes at a time when Republican leaders here in the U.S. are beginning to line up behind Trump as the party’s likely presidential nominee.