Sessions calls plan by Trump's rivals 'desperate measures'

Sen. Jeff Sessions announces his support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a campaign rally at the Madison City Schools Stadium on February 28, 2016, in Madison, Alabama.

Story highlights

  • The campaigns of Ted Cruz and John Kasich are coordinating to stop Donald Trump
  • Trump's supporter in the Senate Jeff Sessions called the behavior "desperate"

(CNN)Donald Trump's lone Senate supporter, Jeff Sessions, on Monday dismissed as "desperate measures" coordination by the candidate's two rivals aimed at derailing the businessman's march to the Republican presidential nomination.

"It certainly indicates that they believe Trump is ahead and desperate measures are needed to stop him," the Alabama Republican told reporters in the Capitol.
    Sen. Ted. Cruz of Texas and Ohio Governor John Kasich, the two Republicans still battling Trump, announced a plan late Sunday where they would divide up some of the remaining states in an effort to prevent Trump from getting the 1,237 delegates he needs to secure the nomination.
    "That is a very, very unorthodox action," Sessions said. "To work with someone who is apparently your opponent to try to stop the front-runner."
    Sessions suggested the Kasich-Cruz tag-team is a futile effort.
    "The other two candidates are fine people but they're not showing even the momentum and enthusiasm Bernie Sanders is showing, and Bernie Sanders is not going to get the [Democratic] nomination," Sessions said. "You know if they were winning, and surging, and gaining in the polls but it almost seems the opposite is true. The enthusiasm is still with Trump. The polling numbers seem to be moving his way continually."
    Sessions is the only senator to have endorsed Trump, a billionaire running as a Washington outsider. Sessions said he has not advised Trump on picking a vice presidential candidate but he said "shared some ideas" ahead of Trump's big foreign policy speech this week.
    Sessions stopped short of predicting a victory for Trump in but said he's "pretty confident about it."