Georgia's Governor Reportedly Defies Trump With Senate Appointment

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Georgia's Governor Reportedly Defies Trump With Senate Appointment
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has officially tapped Kelly Loeffler to replace Sen. Johnny Isakson when he retires at the end of the year.
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"Today, I'm proud to announce that conservative businesswoman and political outsider Kelly Loeffler with be Georgia's next U.S. senator," Kemp said. 

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has officially tapped Kelly Loeffler to replace Sen. Johnny Isakson when he retires at the end of the year — despite some reported pushback from President Donald Trump.

Kemp announced the decision Wednesday with Loeffler by his side. 

"I know I have a lot of work to do to earn the trust and support of my fellow Georgians," Loeffler said.

President Trump had reportedly asked Kemp to appoint Rep. Doug Collins instead. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed his support for Loeffler earlier this week.

"Everything I've heard about her, I think she's going to be terrific," McConnell said. 

Loeffler, who's largely a political novice, will officially join the Senate on Jan. 1. She said Wednesday she intends to run in November's election to keep her seat.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.