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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Flynn transcripts reveal plenty except crime or collusion 50 people arrested in Minneapolis as hundreds more National Guard troops deployed Missouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' MORE on Saturday attended a collegiate football game in Alabama joined by Rep. Bradley ByrneBradley Roberts ByrneDemocrats press OSHA official on issuing an Emergency Temporary Standard The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Zeldin says Congress must help states; Fauci's warning; Dems unveil T bill As the nation turns a corner, time to stop the bleeding 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 SessionsThe Memo: Trump tweets cross into new territory Sessions goes after Tuberville's coaching record in challenging him to debate The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip 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 ShelbyHouse pushes back schedule to pass spending bills Top Republican says Trump greenlit budget fix for VA health care GOP senators not tested for coronavirus before lunch with Trump 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.