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Irish-American Gerry Adams associate Peter King is Donald Trump backer

US Congressman Peter King is a key supporter of Donald Trump's presidential bid

A long-term associate of Gerry Adams and co-chairman of the US Congress's Friends of Ireland is one of Donald Trump's key backers in the billionaire's bid to get into the White House.

New York Congressman Peter King is backing the Republican party's presidential nominee despite previously having reservations about Trump's credentials.

Mr King was yesterday seen in a number of televised interviews criticising defeated Republican candidate Ted Cruz for his failure to back Trump.

"Today the Ted Cruz that I've known — he cannot be trusted and he's not a true Republican. He's not a true conservative. I never saw as much outrage on the floor as I did tonight," the New York congressman told NBC News

The remarks came as the Texas senator concluded his speech at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday.

Mr King, who in 2013 said he was considering running for president himself, has close links to Sinn Féin.

Known for his conservative Catholic views, the 72-year-old has served in the House of Representatives for 12 terms and during The Troubles offered support to the republican movement, making regular trips to the north.

Two years ago when Mr Adams was arrested in connection with the 1972 disappearance and murder of Jean McConville, Mr King said the arrest may have been politically motivated.

He said the Sinn Féin leader had "taken enormous risks for peace".

Mr King has admitted that initially he was sceptical about Donald Trump's bid for the White House.

"I didn’t take him seriously," he said recently of the billionaire property magnate.

"Obviously, Donald Trump is an unconventional candidate, but I think the party is more united than I thought it would be."

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