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

President Trump on Saturday attended a collegiate football game in Alabama joined by Rep. Bradley Byrne (R), who is running to represent the state in the U.S. Senate. 

{mosads} 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 Sessions 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 Shelby (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. 

Tags 2020 elections Alabama Bradley Byrne Donald Trump doug jones Jeff Sessions Richard Shelby
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