Trump endorses Cornyn for reelection as O'Rourke mulls challenge

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE on Thursday endorsed Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenate GOP poised to go 'nuclear' on Trump picks GOP rep to introduce constitutional amendment to limit Supreme Court seats to 9 Court-packing becomes new litmus test on left MORE (R-Texas) ahead of his reelection bid next year as former Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeRepublican strategist predicts his 2020 Dem primary final four The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump feuds heat up Kamala Harris: Voters want president who can prosecute 'the case' against Trump MORE (D-Texas) says he's considering entering the race.

"Senator John Cornyn has done an outstanding job for the people of Texas," Trump tweeted, giving the three-term senator his "complete and total endorsement."

As he has in Twitter endorsements for other candidates, Trump praised Cornyn's positions on "Crime, the Border, the Second Amendment" and the military and veterans. 


Cornyn announced in 2017 he would run for another term.

Trump's endorsement comes roughly 20 months ahead of the 2020 election, but just days after O'Rourke said he is considering a Senate bid to challenge Cornyn.

O'Rourke, who generated national buzz in his unsuccessful effort to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Rourke raised .1 million from over 128,000 donors on campaign's first day O'Rourke on Israeli-Palestinian conflict: 'We don't have the best negotiating partners on either side' O'Rourke: 'I think we can win Texas' in 2020 MORE (R-Texas) in November, is considered as a possible 2020 presidential candidate, but said he's keeping his options open.

"I'm trying to figure out how I can best serve this country — where I can do the greatest good for the United States of America. So, yeah, I'm thinking through that and it, you know, may involve running for the presidency. It may involve something else," O'Rourke said after being asked if he's considering challenging Cornyn.

Trump visited El Paso, Texas, earlier this month for his first campaign rally of 2019 amid a push for funding for a wall along the southern border.

O'Rourke held a rival event at the same time, reviving speculation over whether he would enter an increasingly crowded field of candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.