President Trump on Friday introduced that his ambassador to Japan, Invoice Hagerty, will run for an open Senate seat in Tennessee.
The president endorsed the 59-year-old Hagerty through Twitter, calling him robust on crime and borders.
“Tennessee loving Invoice Hagerty, who was my Tennessee Victoy (sic) Chair and is now the very excellent Ambassador to Japan, will likely be operating for the U.S. Senate,” Trump tweeted. “He’s robust on crime, borders & our 2nd A. Loves our Navy & our Vets. Has my Full & Complete Endorsement!” Trump tweeted.
A spokesperson for Hagerty, a Nashville native, didn’t instantly reply to a request to verify Trump’s announcement.
Throughout his two years as ambassador, Hagerty has performed a key position in commerce talks with Japan.
Trump’s announcement comes a day after Tenneessee’s former GOP Gov. Invoice Haslam mentioned he would not run for the open seat being vacated by three-term Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander.
Hagerty served in Haslam’s cupboard from 2011 to 2015 as his financial growth commissioner. He additionally served as Tennessee’s finance chairman for the Trump Victory Committee, The Tennesseean reported.
He should resign from his ambassadorship earlier than formally coming into the race. Veteran GOP strategist Ward Baker will head Hagerty’s marketing campaign, Politico reported.
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Apart from Haslam, a number of Republicans have handed on the Senate race, together with Rep. Mark Inexperienced. Nashville orthopedic surgeon Manny Sethi entered the competition final month and Rep. David Kustoff tweeted Thursday that he would contemplate operating.
James Mackler, an legal professional and Iraq Conflict veteran, is the lone Democrat within the subject.