Trump Receives Sheldon Adelson's Support for Presidency Bid

The New York businessman wasn’t the casino mogul's first choice for president, but Adelson concludes that he 'will be good for Israel.'

Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam.
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Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican candidate for the U.S. presidential election, seems to have received the support of casino mogul and party backer Sheldon Adelson, The New York Times reported.

“Yes, I’m a Republican, he’s a Republican,” Adelson said at a gala dinner in New York on Thursday. “He’s our nominee. Whoever the nominee would turn out to be, any one of the 17 — he was one of the 17. He won fair and square.”

Trump remains the sole Republican candidate for presidency after Cruz and contestant John Kasich suspended their campaigns following their losses at the Indiana primary on Tuesday.

Adelson noted on Thursday that he had spoken with Trump recently, but did not expand on their conversation. He did say, though, that he believes Trump "will be good for Israel."

The New York businessman, however, wasn’t Adelson's first choice for nominee. In February, it was reported that the billionaire and his wife, Miriam Adelson, individually gave the maximum permitted direct personal donation to Ted Cruz's campaign last quarter – $2,700 each, a clue to where their preferences lie. However, it was also reported that Adelson’s first choice for the GOP presidential nomination was Marco Rubio, while his wife preferred Cruz.