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President Trump announced on Friday that its Ambassador to Japan, Bill Hagerty, is for an open Senate seat in the U.S. state of Tennessee.
The President approved the 59-year-old Hagerty on Twitter, called him strong on crime, and boundaries.
“Tennessee love Bill Hagerty, who was my Tennessee Victoy (sic) the presidency and is now a very excellent Ambassador in Japan, is running for the U.S. Senate,” Trump tweeted. “He is the strong, crime, borders & our 2. A. Loves our military and our vets. My absolute & Total approval!” Trump tweeted.
A spokesman for Hagerty, Nashville native, did not immediately respond to a request by Trump to confirm ‘ s announcement.
During his two years as Ambassador, Hagerty played a crucial role in trade negotiations with Japan.
Trump’s announcement comes a day after Tenneessee former GOP Gov. Bill Haslam said he would not run for the open seat vacated by three-term Republican sen. Lamar Alexander.
President Trump on Friday tweeted that the U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty is a Senate run for a seat vacated by Tennessee Republican Lamar Alexander.
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Hagerty Haslam’s Cabinet from 2011 to 2015, served as his economic development Commissioner. He also served as the Tennessee Finance Chairman of the trump-victory-Committee, reported the Tennesseean.
He must resign from his ambassadorship, before he officially entered the race. Veteran GOP strategist Ward Baker, head of Hagerty ‘ s campaign, reported Politico.
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In addition to Haslam, several have passed Republicans on the Senate race, including Rep. Mark Green. Nashville orthopedic surgeon Manny Sethi, the competition in the last month, and Rep. David Kustoff tweeted Thursday that he would think, came running in.
James Mackler, an attorney and Iraq war veteran, is the only Democrat in the field.