Bill Weld: Trump has 'lost the capacity to govern'

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldEx-GOP lawmaker argues for Trump primary challenge from the right Trump's GOP challenger: 'I may be reduced' to debating Alec Baldwin The Hill's Campaign Report: 2020 Democrats challenge Trump's response to El Paso MORE (R) said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE has "lost the capacity to govern," a view he said was shared by White House staffers.

Weld pointed to instances of aides undermining the president and refusing to carry out his orders outlined in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report MORE's report on the Russia investigation.

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“I think President Trump has lost the capacity to govern. The picture painted by volume two of the Mueller report is [of] someone who cannot be trusted, and all his own people know he can't be trusted," Weld said on CNN.

"And he can't even be obeyed when he gives a direct order. That's a picture of complete malfeasance and nonfeasance," he added.

Weld, who previously ran on the Libertarian Party's ticket for vice president in 2016, is the only announced challenger to Trump in the 2020 Republican Party primary so far.

In an interview Monday, he suggested that America would be "much better off" if Trump resigned and Vice President Pence became president.

“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,” he told MSNBC. “We would be much better off with a President Mike Pence than a President Donald Trump."