But their relationship soon soured as Mr. Sessions, an adviser to Mr. Trump's first presidential campaign, chose to recuse himself from overseeing the Justice Department's investigation into whether Mr. Trump and his associates worked illegally with Russians to interfere in the 2016 election. Some political observers see Sessions as the GOP's best shot at defeating Jones, considered the most vulnerable Senate Democrat up for reelection in 2020.
Sessions also released a campaign ad, contrasting himself to other members of the Trump administration who have left or quit. They'll be counting on Sessions' disfavor with Trump to weaken his appeal with voters.
Trump is right about immigration, Sessions said, "but Congress is dragging their feet".
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Asked whether he plans to talk to Trump about not coming out against him during his Senate run, given the President's popularity in Alabama, Sessions said that he looks forward to the opportunity of having a discussion with the President about it.
"We had a disagreement about my recusal".
"When President Trump chose Washington, just one Senator from a hundred had the guts to stand with me".
AUSTIN BROWER: I'm a Republican, so - I mean, Jeff Sessions has done a lot for the state and everybody, so I'm a big fan of Jeff Sessions. He's been true to that.
But David Hughes, a political scientist at Auburn University at Montgomery, said there is no reason to think Sessions wouldn't immediately be a front-runner. "But I think he's been treated unfairly".
"I feel like asking the question who are these men?"
It remains unknown how Trump's repeated criticism of his former attorney general would influence a Sessions campaign. Democrat Doug Jones won the seat from the deep-red state in a special election later that year, defeating Republican Roy Moore, the right-wing lightning rod who faced allegations of sexual misconduct. Clay Higgins, Mike Johnson, Ralph Abraham and Garret Graves as well as Alabama Republican Reps. Richard Shelby of Alabama, signed on in support of Sessions in an "open letter to conservatives" about Sessions' candidacy. We know his commitment to his principles.
Former Alabama Heisman-winning running back, Mark Ingram, had a lot to say about LSU some 24 hours before the two teams were set to do battle.
Louisiana State University and the University of Alabama face off in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Byrne has over $2.5 million, Sessions has over $2.4 million and Tuberville has over $1.4 million.
In his Fox interview on Thursday night, Mr. Sessions tried to remind people that he was a true believer in these policies long before Mr. Trump's 2016 campaign.