The former general prosecutor Jeff Sessions will announce that he will compete in the race for his former seat in the United States Senate in Alabama, two Republicans said on Wednesday with direct knowledge of their plans.
The two Republicans confirmed to various media outlets that Sessions is expected to announce his candidacy on Thursday. They were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Sessions He has not spoken to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell or informed Trump of his decision., the sources said.
US Rep. Bradley Byrne, the first Republican to announce a nomination for a Senate seat, showed his loyalty to Trump when asked about Sessions' plans to enter the race.
"Alabama deserves a senator who supports the president and does not run away from hiding from the fight," Byrne said in a statement Wednesday.
Sessions was the first United States senator to support Trump's 2016 campaign, and the two supported similar immigration and law enforcement policies. But Sessions' rejection of Russia's investigation sparked Trump's public criticism, who finally asked him to resign.
Despite repeated attacks, Sessions has remained loyal to Trump and continues to support the president's policies.
In a speech last month in a fundraiser of the Republican Party in Huntsville, Sessions reiterated his support for Trump even when he joked about life after being "fired" from a job. Sessions praised Trump's effort in trade, immigration and foreign policy.
"That's why I supported him and why I still support him," Sessions told the crowd of about 500.
Sessions, for years a popular figure among state Republicans, represented Alabama in the US Senate from 1997 to 2017. He will enter the race as an alleged favorite, but the effect of Trump's verbal and online attacks is still unclear in Alabama, where the president is still popular.
In June, Trump He described his selection of Sessions as attorney general as his "biggest mistake". "I would say if I had a recidivism, it would be, I would not have appointed Jeff Sessions as attorney general," Trump said in a statement. interview on "Meet the Press" by NBC.
In Alabama, intermediate voters gave mixed evaluations of their former senator. Almost everyone said they had a favorable opinion of Sessions as unfavorable, from 45% to 42%, according to AP VoteCast, an intermediate poll of more than 750 voters in Alabama.
Democratic voters were overwhelmingly negative, with 75% saying they see Sessions unfavorably. Even among Republican voters, approximately a quarter said they had negative impressions.
Some of Sessions' main rivals have already indicated that they will use the enmity he has with Trump during the campaign.