Former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money MORE released a statement praising New Hampshire GOP Senate candidate Don Bolduc on Thursday as the state's Republican Gov. Chris SununuChris SununuThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - To vote or not? Pelosi faces infrastructure decision Republican candidates tack toward right on abortion Trump praises NH Senate candidate as Sununu weighs own bid MORE weighs launching his own Senate bid.
"Congratulations to General Don Bolduc on his incredible presentation regarding Mark MilleyMark MilleyWe've left Afghanistan — but its consequences are just starting to arrive Key Iraq War strategist and former Army chief Raymond Odierno dies at 67 Feehery: A Republican Congress is needed to fight left's slide to autocracy MORE, the Taliban and China’s all-time favorite General!" Trump said, referring to a "Fox and Friends" interview in which Bolduc called on Milley, the chairman of the Joints Chiefs, to resign.
Milley has faced fierce backlash from conservatives this week over excerpts from a new book that reported Milley took extraordinary measures at the end of the Trump administration to guard against a potential missile launch.
However, it's Trump's praise of Bolduc that has raised eyebrows in Washington and New Hampshire. While Bolduc has launched his bid for Senate, Republican leaders have pushed Sununu to consider challenging Democratic Sen. Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanWarnock raises .5 million in third quarter McConnell-aligned group targeting Kelly, Cortez Masto and Hassan with M ad campaign Democrats urge federal agencies to address use of cryptocurrencies for ransomware payments MORE (N.H.) in next year's midterms.
Trump even said in late July that he would like to see Sununu challenge Hassan, saying the governor “probably would poll the highest.”
National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Rick Scott (R-Fla.) traveled to the Granite State last month to attend a Belknap County GOP event with Sununu.
"I hope he runs for the Senate, and I’m going to do my best to get him there," Scott told Fox News during the visit.
But Sununu has repeatedly said he is in no rush to make any decisions about a potential run.
"I made it really clear to him a long time ago that I wasn’t going to make any decisions for quite a long time. So we spent about 20 minutes together today, just more catching up as old friends than anything. He knows I'm not making any decisions. I have no idea what I'm going to do," Sununu told Fox News.
Bolduc ran for Senate in 2020, losing to fellow Republican Corky Messner in the primary. Bolduc said that his loss was to the Republican establishment.