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 AmashTreasury retweets Trump, possibly violating campaign law Record numbers of women nominated for governor, Congress Watchdog files Hatch Act violation complaints against 10 Trump administration officials MORE (R-Mich.) slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House counsel called Trump 'King Kong' behind his back: report Trump stays out of Arizona's ugly and costly GOP fight Trump claims he instructed White House counsel to cooperate with Mueller MORE on Twitter Tuesday afternoon after the president took aim at Amash's fellow House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Mark SanfordMarshall (Mark) Clement SanfordHouse Dems to invest in South Carolina race Trump’s endorsements cement power but come with risks Trump: I ‘destroy' careers of Republicans who say bad things about me 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 ComeyWhite House counsel called Trump 'King Kong' behind his back: report Trump claims he instructed White House counsel to cooperate with Mueller Watergate's John Dean: White House counsel is 'doing right' by cooperating with Mueller 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 MeadowsHill.TV poll: Majority of Republicans say Trump best represents the values of the GOP Meadows says FBI made 'right' decision firing Strzok Republicans have spent .5 million at Trump properties since he took office: report 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.