Trump news – live: Confusion as ex-president appears to endorse multiple ‘Erics’ in Missouri

Former president Donald Trump’s endorsement of “Eric” for the Republican primary election for a US Senate seat to replace retiring Senator Roy Blunt has caused a stir among the party members.

There are two GOP front-runners named Eric in that race – former governor Eric Greitens and state Attorney General Eric Schmitt. Both of them have seemed to assume that they were endorsed by Mr Trump.

There is also a third GOP candidate named Eric McElroy on the Republican primary ballot.

Taking to Twitter, Mr Schmitt wrote: “I’m grateful for president Trump’s endorsement.”

However, Mr Greitens also announced that he was “honoured to receive president Trump’s endorsement”. “I just had a great phone call with president Trump, I thanked him for his support! Together we will MAGA and Save America,” he added.

Meanwhile, Guy Reffitt, the 6 January rioter found guilty on five felony charges earlier this year, on Monday received the longest sentence handed down to a participant in the Capitol riot so far.

Reffitt was the first accused Capitol rioter to be tried before a jury after pleading not guilty.

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