Trump appears with Sessions' Senate rival at Alabama football game
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump at the LSU Tigers-Alabama Crimson Tide game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Saturday. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
President Trump was cheered by the crowd Saturday as he attended a collegiate football game in Alabama alongside Rep. Bradley Byrne, who's running against former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat.
Details: Trump was recently booed by sports fans during two previous high-profile events and CBS reports a Baby Trump protest balloon was "knifed and deflated" at Saturday's U Tigers-Alabama Crimson Tide clash, which LSU won 46-41. But he received a warm reception from fans at the game, per video posted online by users including Byrne.
Why it matters: Trump won Alabama in the 2016 election, but Democratic Sen. Doug Jones took Sessions' old Senate seat in the deep-red state in 2018 against the disgraced Roy Moore, who's also announced he plans to run.
- It's unclear at this stage which candidate Trump will endorse from a crowded Republican field, but Byrne's presence with the president at the game "raises questions about Trump and his highly sought after endorsement for the vulnerable Senate seat," the Hill notes.
- The president told reporters Friday he hadn't "made a determination" on which Republican candidate to endorse, but he said he wouldn't campaign against Sessions in his Senate bid, per Politico.