President Donald Trump may have announced his campaign for reelection, but many Republican lawmakers aren't yet ready to endorse him, CNN reports.
The news network contacted over two dozen GOP legislators, including rank-and-file members and party leaders, and found that many refused to outright endorse Trump for a second term.
"That's a little loaded," Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., when asked if he'd endorse Trump. "One: we need to make sure that he's actually moving forward and wants to go after this — so when he makes a declaration, then I think that would be a time to determine whether there are others (who) run or not."
"I don't know what the world is going to look like," said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, after he was asked whether he would endorse Trump. "But let's say it's not something I've given any thought to."
CNN asked the second highest ranking Republican in the Senate again a few days later.
"I haven't even thought about that election," Cornyn said. "I'm worried about the midterm election."
Many GOP lawmakers took this route, focusing entirely on the upcoming midterms or other, more pressing issues.
"Look, I'm focused on opioids," Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said. "And I was just reelected myself three years ago. So, I'm focused on that."
Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., said, "I'm worried about my own race right now."
"I've supported the President in the past and support him now but three years from now?" Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said. "I think the midterms are a long ways away in terms of politics; I don't get involved that far ahead."
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