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US President Donald Trump has ridiculed Beto O’Rourke just hours after the Democratic presidential hopeful ended his campaign. The president used a profanity to describe his rival and said he “quit like a dog”.

O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman, was highly critical of Trump after a mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso in August. He called the bloodshed a “consequence” of Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric.

On Friday O’Rourke said he was quitting the race for the White House as his campaign did not have “the means to move forward successfully”.