Weld: 'We would be much better off with a President Mike Pence'

Weld: 'We would be much better off with a President Mike Pence'
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Former Massachusetts Gov. William WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldMichigan GOP attempting to have Trump be only Republican candidate on ballot Weld files to run in GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump demands Bidens testify MORE (R), who is challenging President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE in the 2020 Republican presidential primary, says the country would be better off if Trump resigned immediately. 

“If he had the self-awareness that Richard Nixon had, sense of shame is too strong a word, but self-awareness is probably too soft a word, he would resign,” Weld said while appearing on MSNBC

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“We would be much better off with a President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump attacks Pence aide who called Ukraine call 'inappropriate' Top Pence aide told lawmakers Trump's Ukraine call was 'inappropriate' in closed-door testimony READ: Foreign service officer Jennifer Williams's closed-door testimony from the House impeachment inquiry MORE than a President Donald Trump,” he added.

Weld, the 2016 vice presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party, entered the 2020 presidential race last week.

“It is time to return to the principles of Lincoln — equality, dignity, and opportunity for all," he said at the time. "There is no greater cause on earth than to preserve what truly makes America great. I am ready to lead that fight.”

Weld is the first Republican to challenge Trump for the party's nomination, though Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) have also been floated as possible challengers. 

Following the publication of a redacted version of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE's report on Thursday, there have been calls by some Democrats to impeach Trump. House Democrats are already in the middle of a series of investigations into the president. 

Trump has said he would fight against impeachment in the Supreme Court