Trump rival endorses businessman on withdrawal from US election

Ben Carson has given his backing to Donald Trump

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Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, right and Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speak during a break in the Republican presidential debate. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he has secured the support of one of his former rivals.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson endorsed the businessman's campaign ahead of a debate last night in Miami.

He pulled out of the contest last week.

However, Trump continues to come in for severe criticism.

In a Republican TV debate last night, his rival Marco Rubio said he was wrong to say that Islam hates the US.

He said while Islam has a problem with radicalisation, many Muslims love the US.

Meanwhile, a video posted by a protestor at a Trump rally of his group being removed from a campaign event has gone viral.

It comes after another man was pulled to the ground and restrained by police on Wednesday after being struck by a man believed to be a Donald Trump supporter at a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina. 

 

This is what happens when you get "escorted" out of a Donald J. Trump rally....note to self, you have to see how the Cumberland County Sheriffs Dept does Keem Jones after a supporter punches him in the face...

Posted by Ronnie C Rouse on Wednesday, 9 March 2016

The Trump campaign has posted a negative campaign ad slamming fellow candidate Marco Rubio on Facebook:

 

Another Dishonest Politician #LightweightSenatorMarcoRubio

Posted by Donald J. Trump on Wednesday, 9 March 2016