Citing conversations with a person familiar with Trump’s decision, the Post said he is expected to make the endorsement on Thursday, throwing his support behind Harriet Hageman, an attorney in Wyoming who until this week had served as the state’s national Republican committeewoman. Hageman has not yet officially entered the primary contest, which takes place next August.
Jeremy Adler, a spokesman for Cheney, declined to comment on reports of Trump’s expected endorsement.
Bill Cubin, a Republican strategist in Wyoming, told CNN on Wednesday that Hageman “is conservative and has made a career of fighting for Wyoming issues and people.”
“She’s pretty well known, she ran for governor in 2018, and, with President Trump’s endorsement, she is the clear favorite to win the GOP nomination in August 2022,” he said.
Following the vote, Trump ripped into Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, in a statement that criticized the congresswoman and her father for their hawkish foreign policy views.
“I watched her yesterday and realized how bad she is for the Republican Party,” he said at the time.
The Post said that Cheney had previously enjoyed the support of Hageman, who had donated to her campaigns and served “as an adviser to her failed Senate bid in 2013.”
But the newspaper said that “like many Republicans, (Hageman) has turned on the Wyoming lawmaker due to Cheney’s outspoken criticism of Trump.”
CNN’s Alex Rogers and Manu Raju contributed to this report.