Trump thanks Gardner, Portman for 'early and warm' 2020 endorsement

Trump thanks Gardner, Portman for 'early and warm' 2020 endorsement
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE thanked two Republican senators on Friday after they offered an early endorsement of his reelection run despite not supporting him for office in 2016.

In a tweet Friday afternoon, the president thanked Sens. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerSenate Republicans running away from Alabama abortion law Frustrated GOP senators want answers from Trump on Iran Graham: Trump officials not adequately briefing on Iran threat MORE (R-Colo.) and Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget WANTED: A Republican with courage Companies warn Trump trade war is about to hit consumers MORE (R-Ohio) after the two told right-leaning news site Independent Journal Review they would back his reelection in 2020.

"Thank you to Senator Rob Portman and Senator Cory Gardner for the early and warm endorsement. We will ALL WIN in 2020 together!" Trump tweeted.

Portman and Gardner both declined to support Trump in 2016, with Portman withdrawing his support following the release of an "Access Hollywood" tape in which the president makes lewd comments about women. Gardner at the time called for the GOP to replace Trump with a candidate who could defeat his then-opponent, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection What the Mueller report tells us about Putin, Russia and Trump's election Steve Bullock puts Citizens United decision at center of presidential push MORE (D), in the general election.

The two said this week that they had both made up their minds to support Trump after viewing the field of likely Democratic candidates running in 2020.

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“Look, there are things here — look, I’ve made it very clear that where I agree with the president, we will agree or where I disagree, we will disagree,” Gardner told IJR. “But I’m going to fight like hell for Colorado, and we’ve done some good things for Colorado."

“I know what Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection California Democrats face crisis of credibility after lawsuits Feehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' MORE and I know what Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection California Democrats face crisis of credibility after lawsuits Fox's Brit Hume fires back at Trump's criticism of the channel MORE will do to Colorado, and that’s why I’ll be supporting the president,” he added.

Gardner, who beat an incumbent Democrat in 2014, faces a tough reelection race in a state Clinton won in 2016. Portman outpaced Trump in Ohio when he won his 2016 reelection race.

“I intended to support the Republican incumbent,” Portman added to IJR. "What changed? Well, he’s the incumbent. I mean, he’s in office, I work with him every day. I disagree with him publicly and privately when appropriate. But I also get a lot done, and I get that done with him. So we work with the White House, and I think that’s important for Ohio."