Aide says Branstad acting as informal adviser to Trump

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An aide says Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is acting as an adviser to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on agricultural issues.

Branstad spokesman Ben Hammes released a statement Wednesday saying, “Gov. Branstad was asked to advise Mr. Trump in an unofficial role on agricultural and rural issues, the Des Moines Register reports. He will be offering his advice on important issues to Iowa, none more important than renewable fuels.”

Hammes issued the statement after media reports about Branstad’s role as an adviser.

Even as some Republicans nationally have been hesitant to back Trump, Branstad has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Republican nominee and has joined him at campaign stops in Iowa.

Branstad’s son, Eric Branstad, is the director of Trump’s campaign in Iowa.