After a week that saw multiple businesses cut ties with him over his claim that Mexican illegal immigrants are rapists and drug dealers, reality TV star Donald Trump has found an ally in Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.

The Republican congressman in an interview Wednesday morning seemed to defend the 2016 GOP presidential candidate's controversial remarks last month on illegal immigration.

"I would say to Donald Trump, I appreciate the scrappiness of him," King said when asked to comment of the real estate mogul's comments. "When he's attacked by other people, he counterattacks and plunges forward and he delivers more facts to support the statement that he's made."

When Trump launched his presidential campaign in June, he promised to tackle the United State's immigration system by building a wall on the southern border. He also took a shot at Mexico for supposedly dumping its problems on America.

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