Amash fires back at Trump over Sanford primary tweet

Amash fires back at Trump over Sanford primary tweet
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Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashGOP congressman blasts Trump’s attack on Sanford as ‘classless’ Trump vows to stand with House GOP '1,000 percent' on immigration Amash fires back at Trump over Sanford primary tweet MORE (R-Mich.) slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpConservatives express concern over House GOP immigration bill Poll: McSally holds 14-point lead in Arizona GOP Senate primary Trump defends Nielsen amid criticism over family separations MORE on Twitter Tuesday afternoon after the president took aim at Amash's fellow House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Mark SanfordMarshall (Mark) Clement SanfordSanford hits back at Trump over ‘biased, demeaning’ attack GOP congressman blasts Trump’s attack on Sanford as ‘classless’ Trump vows to stand with House GOP '1,000 percent' on immigration MORE (R-S.C.) hours before Sanford's primary election.

In a tweet, the Michigan conservative attacked Trump, whom he said could not compare to Sanford's "humility in his role and a desire to be a better man."

Trump's pointed endorsement of Sanford's primary challenger Tuesday afternoon rankled House conservatives. In the endorsement, Trump referenced an affair in Argentina that led to the 2010 dissolution of Sanford's marriage just hours before South Carolina voters went to the polls.

"Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA. He is MIA and nothing but trouble. He is better off in Argentina. I fully endorse Katie Arrington for Congress in SC, a state I love. She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes. VOTE Katie!" the president tweeted.

Amash is one of the most vocal House Republicans when it comes to criticism of the president, and last year suggested that he would even be open to supporting Trump's impeachment over the president's reported comments to former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGiuliani: FBI asked me about tease of a 'surprise' before election Republicans tear into IG finding on Clinton probe FBI agent Peter Strzok escorted from building amid internal review MORE about the investigation into Michael Flynn.

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"I think it's pretty clear I have more confidence in Director Comey [than in the president]," Amash said last year.

Other members of the Freedom Caucus, including the group's chair, Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsConservatives express concern over House GOP immigration bill Trump vows to stand with House GOP '1,000 percent' on immigration North Carolina governor recalls National Guard troops from border over family separation MORE (R-N.C.), also responded to the president's remarks.

"Mark Sanford has been a valued member of the Freedom Caucus & certainly has been a thoughtful member of congress. I am very supportive of his re-election efforts & passage of the tax reform package would not have been possible without his input," Meadows said in a statement to NBC News.