Trump has discussed backing Amash challenger: report

Trump has discussed backing Amash challenger: report
© Greg Nash

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 reportedly discussed the possibility of backing a primary challenge to Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashLawmakers blast Trump as Israel bars door to Tlaib and Omar House Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 Sanford headed to New Hampshire amid talk of challenge to Trump MORE (R-Mich.) following the congressman's call to begin impeachment proceedings against the president.

Politico reported Wednesday that Trump has discussed the matter with top GOP officials, including Vice President Pence, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel and Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsTrump finds consistent foil in 'Squad' Gun store billboard going after the 'Squad' being removed following backlash Hurd retirement leaves GOP gloomy on 2020 MORE (R-N.C.), co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus that Amash exited this week.

ADVERTISEMENT

The president has reportedly expressed a strong desire to exact revenge on Amash after the Michigan lawmaker became the first congressional Republican to openly call for impeachment proceedings.

A spokesperson for the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

McDaniel told Politico in a statement that it was “sad to see Congressman Amash parroting the Democrats’ talking points on Russia.”

“The only people still fixated on the Russia collusion hoax are political foes of President Trump hoping to defeat him in 2020 by any desperate means possible,” she said. “Voters in Amash’s district strongly support this president and would rather their congressman work to support the president's policies that have brought jobs, increased wages and made life better for Americans."

Amash faces one announced challenger so far: Republican state Rep. Jim Lower, who has publicly expressed support for Trump and opposes Amash's calls for impeachment. A poll published in MIRS News this week found Amash trailing Lower by double digits in a hypothetical primary match-up.

Lower told the news outlet that Trump's involvement in the primary would cement his status as Amash's major challenger and drive other potential candidates from the race.

“If they were to get involved early I think it would help make sure that it was just me versus Amash in the August primary — and if that’s the case we’re definitely going to win,” Lower told Politico in an interview. “Obviously Trump is a huge component of our campaign, so it will probably go without saying that we’d love to have his endorsement.”