Trump endorses Cornyn for reelection as O'Rourke mulls challenge

President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE on Thursday endorsed Sen. John CornynJohn CornynThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Bipartisan House bill calls for strategy to protect 5G networks from foreign threats Collins offering bill to boost battery research as GOP pushes energy 'innovation' MORE (R-Texas) ahead of his reelection bid next year as former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeButtiegieg backs NFL players' right to protest during anthem: I 'put my life on the line to defend' that Overnight Energy: Democrats ask if EPA chief misled on vehicle emissions | Dem senators want NBC debate focused on climate change | 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan CNN's O'Rourke town hall finishes behind Fox News, MSNBC 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. 

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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 CruzOn The Money: Conservative blocks disaster relief bill | Trade high on agenda as Trump heads to Japan | Boeing reportedly faces SEC probe over 737 Max | Study finds CEO pay rising twice as fast as worker pay Conservative blocks House passage of disaster relief bill The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan 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.