Ben Carson today endorsed Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner for President, reports CNN.
Carson made the announcement Friday, with Trump by his side, speaking at Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla. At the press conference in Florida, Carson called Trump "a very intelligent man who cares deeply about America," reports ABC News.
Carson's support of Trump comes despite the insults Trump sent his way during the campaign. The billionaire businessman called the retired neurosurgeon "low-energy," said voters would be fools to support Carson, and even claimed he found Carson reminiscent of a child molester.
But on Friday, Carson seemed willing to let bygones be bygones, saying of he and Trump, "We buried the hatchet."
Trump echoed the amiable tone, saying that despite his previous critiques of Carson, "He's become a friend, and I really appreciate the endorsement."
Trump alluded to a potential spot for Carson in a President Trump administration. "Ben's going to have a big, big part," said Trump. "Maybe Ben doesn't know this yet, but Ben's going to have a big part. We want to keep that kind of talent."
Carson indicated that he was likely to endorse the Republican front-runner on Thursday speaking on Fox News Radio, the Washington Post reported. "There's two Donald Trumps," Carson said. "There's the Donald Trump that you see on television and who gets out in front of big audiences, and there's the Donald Trump behind the scenes. They're not the same person. One's very much an entertainer, and one is actually a thinking individual."