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Lindsey Graham did not endorse Trump on Tuesday. Graham wrote that he believed Trump’s speech at Mar-a-Lago charted a “winning course.” This was after he told reporters on Tuesday that he didn’t think Trump should announce his race now. Something is loading.

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Senator Lindsey Graham did not endorse former President Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential bid on Tuesday.

In two tweets after Trump’s 2024 campaign announcement speech at Mar-a-Lago, Graham praised Trump for offering “solutions” to “restore a broken America.”

“If President Trump continues on this tone and delivers this message consistently, he will be hard to beat,” Graham wrote.

“His speech tonight, pitting his policies and results against the Biden administration, charts a winning path for him in the primaries and general election,” he said.

However, Graham did not immediately give Trump an unqualified endorsement, as House Freedom Caucus representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz did.

On Tuesday, Gaetz tweeted the words “Trump 2024” along with a photo of him and the former president. Meanwhile, Greene took to Twitter on Tuesday night to tweet her approval just a minute after Trump’s announcement, with the caption: “We will make America great again!”

Graham’s hesitation came the same day he told reporters on Capitol Hill that “most people” at the Republican conference “would prefer” that Trump delay announcing his candidacy.

“I don’t think Trump should announce tonight,” Graham said.

Graham also told reporters on Tuesday that he would not comment on Trump’s run until Georgia’s runoff election on Dec. 6. That vote will decide whether Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock or his Trump-backed GOP challenger Herschel Walker will be elected to the Senate.

“I won’t do anything until December 6,” Graham said.

A rep for Graham did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment on whether he plans to endorse Trump soon.

Graham, however, remained a staunch ally of Trump. In September, Graham told CNBC he thought Trump had a “pretty good chance” of being reelected.

“I literally tell you what I tell him,” Graham told CNBC’s Steve Sedgwick in September. “If you lose again, the story of who you are and what you did changes dramatically. If you come back, it will be one of the greatest political comebacks in American history. And if you’re four moreover, you can do great things.”

This is Trump’s third presidential run. He won his race against Hillary Clinton in 2016 and lost to President Joe Biden in 2020, but has for the past two years made baseless claims that this last election was stolen from him.

His announcement comes two years before Election Day in 2024. He is the first Republican to declare his candidacy, ahead of potential rivals like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Documents for Trump’s run have also been filed with the Federal Election Commission, formalizing his 2024 run.

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