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US Senate appointee in Mississippi pledges to support Trump

Mississippi's Republican agriculture commissioner, who served on a farm advisory committee for President Donald Trump, was appointed Wednesday to succeed a veteran U.S. senator who is resigning because of poor health.

Cindy Hyde-Smith immediately pledged to support Trump's agenda, saying she will push for border security, support gun rights, oppose abortion, and work to rebuild the military and repeal health care changes enacted under former President Barack Obama.

"I am truly humbled. I am truly grateful. I thank God for that opportunity. I am stronger today than I think I have ever been," Hyde-Smith told about 200 people who gathered outside a train depot in...