President TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election MORE on Saturday attended a collegiate football game in Alabama joined by Rep. Bradley ByrneBradley Roberts ByrneTrump's Slovenia Ambassador Lynda Blanchard jumps into Alabama Senate race Mo Brooks expresses interest in running for Shelby's Senate seat Ex-Rep. Mike Conaway, former aide launch lobbying firm MORE (R), who is running to represent the state in the U.S. Senate.
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 SessionsOvernight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability Stanford professors ask DOJ to stop looking for Chinese spies at universities in US Overnight Energy & Environment — Democrats detail clean electricity program 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 ShelbyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - House Democrats plagued by Biden agenda troubles GOP warns McConnell won't blink on debt cliff McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling 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.