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Politics Trump noncommittal on backing Jeff Sessions for Senate

01:35  09 november  2019
01:35  09 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Potential GOP rival warns Sessions against run for old Senate seat over Trump ire

  Potential GOP rival warns Sessions against run for old Senate seat over Trump ire Rep. Bradley Byrne, who said he would not back out if the former attorney general joined the race, noted that the president would be “very vocal against him.”In recent weeks, Sessions has actively weighed a comeback bid for the seat he held for two decades, speaking with allies and calling major donors and fundraisers in the state to gauge his level of support ahead of the Nov. 8 filing deadline.

President Donald Trump isn't committing to supporting his former attorney general Jeff Sessions , or any other candidate, in the Alabama Senate seat. 8, 2019, at 11:54 a.m. More. Trump Noncommittal on Backing Sessions for Senate .

Jeff Sessions formally announced on Thursday that he was entering the Senate race in Alabama, a decision that will likely put him on a collision course with President Trump , who still harbors resentment toward the former attorney general a year after forcing him from office.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — President Donald Trump says he won't campaign against his former attorney general, whom he publicly mocked in the past, as Jeff Sessions tries to reclaim a seat in the U.S. Senate.

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. and then on to Georgia to meet with supporters. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)© Provided by The Associated Press President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. and then on to Georgia to meet with supporters. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump, whose relationship with Sessions soured when the attorney general recused himself from the Russia investigation, was noncommittal when asked if he would endorse Sessions.

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Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Thursday night that he is running for his old Senate seat in Alabama, mounting an unexpected attempt at a political comeback after his public falling-out with President Donald Trump . “When President Trump took on Washington, only one

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"No, I won't. I'll see how it all goes," Trump said when asked if he would oppose Sessions. "We'll see what happens. He's got tough competition."

Trump might do or say was a closely watched development as Sessions upended the GOP primary with his last-minute entry in the race.

As Sessions announced his candidacy Thursday, he continued to praise Trump.

"If I'm elected to the Senate, the president will have no more vigorous advocate than Jeff Sessions," Sessions told The Associated Press.

Sessions had made addressing his relationship Trump some of the first business of his new campaign, talking about the president in interviews and a campaign ad.

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Jeff Sessions announced Thursday night that he's running for his old Alabama Senate seat in a crowded Republican primary. Sessions was the first senator to get behind Trump 's presidential campaign in 2016 and had become one of his closest allies on Capitol Hill.

Sessions wants his old Senate seat back . Jeff Sessions is running to reclaim his old US Senate seat. On Thursday night, the longtime former Republican senator from Alabama and President Donald Trump ’s former attorney general announced he would run in 2020.

Sessions said he is running because "we've not completed the work" on immigration, trade and foreign policies, issues both he and Trump have championed.

Trump is right about immigration, Sessions said, "but Congress is dragging their feet. Congress is not helping him. And we've got to make Congress move."

Asked if he was bothered by Trump's past criticisms, and why he continues to heap praise on a president who once described him as his biggest regret, Sessions said he signed on with Trump for his politics and knew that Trump was not one to remain reticent when unhappy.

"We had a disagreement about my recusal. ... The whole thing was so frustrating for the president, and I understand that. But I supported him not because of his personality, but because of his strong commitments to the values most Alabamians share. He's been true to that. He's followed what he promised he would do," Sessions said.

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Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to announce Thursday he will run for his old Senate seat in Alabama, potentially setting up a high-profile standoff over his candidacy with his old boss—President Trump . Sessions enters the race a day before the filing deadline in what will likely

President Donald Trump said Friday that he will not campaign against former Attorney General Jeff Sessions , who announced a bid for his old Senate seat in Alabama. Sessions announced his decision to run again on Thursday, exactly a year after he resigned as Trump ’s attorney general.

Sessions declined to say if he had a conversation with the White House about the Alabama race and what Trump might say about it.

"I think they know I'll do a good job for them in the Senate. So I feel good about where we are," Sessions said.

Sessions was senator from 1997 to 2017, when he became Trump's first attorney general. Democrat Doug Jones won the seat in the deep-red state in a special election later that year, defeating Republican Roy Moore, the right-wing lightning rod who faced allegations of sexual misconduct.

Eleven Republican U.S. senators, including Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, signed on in support of Sessions in an "open letter to conservatives" about Sessions' candidacy.

"We know Jeff's character and his temperament. We know his commitment to his principles. We know he is a man of his word. And we know he is devoted to serving the people of Alabama," the letter signed by the 11 senators read.

Sessions enters a crowded GOP primary that includes former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville and Rep. Bradley Byrne, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill and others. All have indicated they are staying in the race and will not pave the road for Sessions.

Trump said Thursday that Tuberville "is doing very well" in noting the competition Sessions will face.

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Associated Press writer Aamer Madhani contributed to this report from Washington.

Sessions vows to 'work for' Trump endorsement .
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed to work for President Trump's endorsement in the 2020 Alabama Republican Senate primary. In an appearance on Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle," Sessions, who last week launched a campaign for his former Senate seat, said he knows that Trump doesn't always get involved in primaries, but he would actively seek the president's support."Certainly, I'm going to work for that and will be seeking it," he said.

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