Trump attends football game with Jeff Sessions' Alabama Senate race opponent Bradley Byrne

President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE on Saturday attended a collegiate football game in Alabama joined by Rep. Bradley ByrneBradley Roberts ByrneSessions leads GOP Senate primary field in Alabama, internal poll shows Israeli, Palestinian business leaders seek Trump boost for investment project Sessions vows to 'work for' Trump endorsement MORE (R), who is running to represent the state in the U.S. Senate. 

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Byrne was mentioned on a list from the White House of Trump's guests at the Alabama-Lousiana State University (LSU) game, alongside other Alabama lawmakers. The invitation raises questions about Trump and his highly sought after endorsement for the vulnerable Senate seat that Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) won in 2018. 

Notably, Trump's former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsLisa Page sues DOJ, FBI over alleged privacy violations Sessions leads GOP Senate primary field in Alabama, internal poll shows Trump rebukes FBI chief Wray over inspector general's Russia inquiry MORE was not in attendance in the box. Sessions entered the Republican primary against Bryne and other contenders for the Senate seat, despite friction between Sessions and the president. Their contentious history has sparked doubt that the president will endorse his former AG for the position, and thus on his chances to win in a deep-red, pro-Trump state. 

Trump on Friday said that he hadn't decided whether he wanted to endorse Sessions, with whom he had a sometimes rocky relationship, and said that Sessions had "tough competition."

Despite wavering support from Trump, 11 senators including Sen.Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyLawmakers strike spending deal to avert shutdown McConnell accuses Democrats of stonewalling funding talks with wall demands  On The Money: Pelosi, Trump tout deal on new NAFTA | McConnell says no trade vote until impeachment trial wraps up | Lawmakers push spending deadline to Thursday MORE (R), another Saturday guest of the president, threw their support behind Sessions on Friday. 

At the game, Trump received a warm reception after being booed at two other recent sporting events. 

Byrne said in a tweet Saturday that he was "excited" to be sitting with Trump at the game, and earned a handshake from the president following his announcement.   

Trump and Sessions had a rough relationship after Sessions recused himself from the Justice Department's investigation into whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election.