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‘Runaway Favorite’: Top Former Trump Official Mulls Congressional Run; Trump Immediately Weighs In
WASHINGTON, USA - SEPTEMBER 12: Spokesperson for the United States Department of State Morgan Ortagus answers the questions of the press during a press conference in Washington, United States on September 12, 2019.
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Morgan Ortagus, who served as the spokesperson for Trump’s State Department, is reportedly mulling a run for Congress in Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District.

Former President Donald Trump broke the news in a statement on Tuesday evening and immediately announced that she has his endorsement if she chooses to run.

“I am told the very strong and impressive Morgan Ortagus is exploring a run for Congress in Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District,” Trump said. “I couldn’t be happier because she’s an absolute warrior for America First and MAGA! Morgan was fantastic in her role working with Secretary Mike Pompeo at the U.S. State Department and understands the threats posed by China, Russia, Iran and others, and will be tough, not just roll over like the Democrats and RINOs.”

“She serves in the U.S. Navy Reserves and will fight for our Military,” Trump continued. “She won’t bow to the Woke Mob or the Leftist LameStream Media. Morgan Ortagus will have my Complete and Total Endorsement if she decides to run!”

A top source close to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said that Ortagus becomes the “runaway favorite” to win Republican nomination for the district.

“Morgan’s government experience, military service and policy expertise make her an outstanding candidate,” the source said. “No one else in the race comes close. And with DJT’s endorsement, Morgan is obviously the runaway favorite for the GOP nomination in the Tennessee 5th.”

Trump’s endorsement of Ortagus comes after she visited Mar-A-Lago over the weekend.

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