U.S. Ambassador Bill Hagerty to run for U.S. Senate, says his boss, President Trump, in endorsement tweet

U.S. Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty, of Tennessee, attends a news conference by President Donald Trump, in Osaka, Japan, Saturday, June 29, 2019.

NASHVILLE - Tennessee's U.S. Senate race took a dramatic turn Friday as President Donald Trump officially launched U.S. Ambassador Bill Hagerty's candidacy for the Republican nomination and immediately endorsed him.

"Tennessee loving Bill Hagerty, who was my Tennessee Victoy [sic] Chair and is now the very outstanding Ambassador to Japan, will be running for the U.S. Senate," the president stated in a tweet Friday afternoon.

"He is strong on crime, borders & our 2nd A. Loves our Military & our Vets. Has my Complete & Total Endorsement!" the president added.

A Hagerty spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request to confirm Trump's announcement.