Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore said in a statement Monday morning that he spoke by phone earlier in the day with President Trump.
Trump gave Moore his endorsement in a message posted on Twitter Monday.
According to Moore's statement, Trump ended the phone call with "Go get 'em, Roy!" The president called Moore from Air Force One while flying to Salt Lake City.
The timing is similar to Trump's original endorsement of Luther Strange in the Senate GOP primary. That endorsement came one week before the election. The backing of Moore came eight days before the Dec. 12 election.
Trump has avoided public support of Moore in the aftermath of allegations made against the twice-removed Alabama Supreme Court chief justice. However, Trump on Nov. 21 made clear that he opposed Moore's Democratic opponent, Doug Jones.
"I am honored to receive the support and endorsement of President Donald Trump," Moore said in the statement. "President Trump knows that the future of his conservative agenda in Congress hinges on this election. I look forward to fighting alongside the President to strengthen our military, secure our border, protect our gun rights, defend the sanctity of life, and confirm conservative judges to courts around this nation. We had a good conversation over the phone today and are working together towards conservative victory on December 12."
Trump's endorsement of Moore came in the president's first tweet of the day at 5:17 a.m. Central time.
"Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama," Trump said on Twitter. "We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!"
Trump is scheduled to appear at a rally on Friday in Pensacola, Fla. - which is about 20 miles from the Alabama state line and a part of the Mobile media market. It's expected that Trump will address the Alabama Senate race.
"Alabama voters overwhelmingly rejected Hillary Clinton last November and will overwhelmingly reject her protege, Doug Jones, next week," Bill Armistead, Moore's campaign chairman, said in the statement. "We are ready to support President Trump's conservative, America First agenda, Drain the Swamp, and Make America Great Again."...Read more