Trump may not have confidence of entire GOP, says Republican strategist

GOP strategist Liz Copeland on Tuesday said that President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — State Dept. employees targets of spyware Ohio Republican Party meeting ends abruptly over anti-DeWine protesters Jan. 6 panel faces new test as first witness pleads the Fifth MORE may not have the entire confidence of the Republican Party ahead of 2020. 

"We need to solidify behind someone who can kind of keep us together, hold the party together, and I'm not quite sure that he has the full confidence of the entire Republican Party," Copeland, a former Democrat and the president and founder of Urban Conservative Project, Inc., told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton, on "Rising." 

Copeland, who has been a critic of the president in the past, was making reference to a new American Barometer survey that found 72 percent of respondents said they wanted Trump to face a primary challenger in 2020. 

Of the Republicans polled, 43 percent said they wanted the president to be challenged by a member of his own party.

Copeland said that Democratic successes in last week's midterm elections have Republicans worried about the role of Trump in the party.

"While it may not have been a blue wave, it was certainly a blue something. It was a blue splash. There's something that's coming, and I think that from the president's behavior in Paris, the way he responded to Republican members of Congress who lost, his decision to remove another Cabinet member," she continued.

Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeRubio vows to slow-walk Biden's China, Spain ambassador nominees Senate confirms Thomas Nides as US ambassador to Israel Flake, Cindy McCain among latest Biden ambassadors confirmed after delay MORE (R-Ariz.) on Friday would not rule out a primary challenge against Trump, stressing that he thinks a Republican needs to mount a primary challenge to the president. 

"I've not ruled it out. I've not ruled it in. Just, somebody needs to run," Flake told reporters. 
 
The American Barometer was conducted on November 9-10 among 1,000 registered voters. The sampling margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. 
 

— Julia Manchester