“I saw he said very nice things about me last night,” Trump told reporters outside the White House. But on whether he’d endorse him, Trump said, “We’ll have to see.”
Sessions threw his support behind Trump early and was rewarded for it with a job running the Justice Department. But when Sessions recused himself from overseeing the agency’s Russia investigation because he’d had previous undisclosed contacts with Russians, Trump condemned him.
Asked if he’s still mad about Sessions’s decision, Trump said, “I don’t ever think about it.”
Sessions, who is entering a competitive GOP primary to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Doug Jones, released a video that focused not on convincing Alabamians to take him back, but on wooing Trump.
“When President Trump took on Washington, only one senator out of a hundred had the courage to stand with him: me. I was the first to support President Trump,” Sessions says in the video. “I was his strongest advocate. I still am. We must make America great again.”
Many GOP senators also demurred Thursday on whether they’d back Sessions, most saying they’d let the Alabama primary play itself out.
But on Friday, the Sessions campaign released a letter from 11 current Republican senators declaring their support for Sessions.
“We have seen him work diligently in the public eye and behind closed doors,” the senators wrote, “when things were both good and bad, under stress and in success.”
The senators who signed the letter are: Richard Shelby (Ala.), Jim Inhofe (Okla.), Pat Roberts (Kansas), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), John Barrasso (Wyo.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), John Boozman (Ark.), Ron Johnson (Wisc.) and Deb Fischer (Neb.).