Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldThe Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Ralph Gants, chief justice of Massachusetts supreme court, dies at 65 The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden visits Kenosha | Trump's double-voting suggestion draws fire | Facebook clamps down on election ads MORE (R) said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol 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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's report on the Russia investigation.
“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.
Republican presidential challenger Bill Weld says the US would be better off with Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard Pence'Justice for J6' organizer calls on demonstrators to respect law enforcement Ethics group files complaint against former Pence chief of staff Marc Short Pence aiming to raise M ahead of possible 2024 run: report MORE following the Mueller report: “I think President Trump has lost the capacity to govern. ... He can't even be obeyed when he gives a direct order" https://t.co/jSO30cm38X pic.twitter.com/akZ4JIwRaU— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) April 25, 2019
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."