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Amash fires back at Trump over Sanford primary tweet

Amash fires back at Trump over Sanford primary tweet
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Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashRepublicans eye primaries in impeachment vote Michigan GOP lawmaker says he's 'strongly considering' impeachment Newly sworn in Republican House member after Capitol riot: 'I regret not bringing my gun to D.C.' MORE (R-Mich.) slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE on Twitter Tuesday afternoon after the president took aim at Amash's fellow House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Mark SanfordMark Sanford5 lawyers leave Trump impeachment team ahead of trial: reports South Carolina GOP votes to censure Rep. Rice over impeachment vote Trump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial MORE (R-S.C.) hours before Sanford's primary election.

In a tweet, the Michigan conservative attacked Trump, whom he said could not compare to Sanford's "humility in his role and a desire to be a better man."

Trump's pointed endorsement of Sanford's primary challenger Tuesday afternoon rankled House conservatives. In the endorsement, Trump referenced an affair in Argentina that led to the 2010 dissolution of Sanford's marriage just hours before South Carolina voters went to the polls.

"Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA. He is MIA and nothing but trouble. He is better off in Argentina. I fully endorse Katie Arrington for Congress in SC, a state I love. She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes. VOTE Katie!" the president tweeted.

Amash is one of the most vocal House Republicans when it comes to criticism of the president, and last year suggested that he would even be open to supporting Trump's impeachment over the president's reported comments to former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyJohn Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Trump DOJ officials sought to block search of Giuliani records: report Tina Fey, Amy Poehler to host Golden Globes from separate coasts amid pandemic MORE about the investigation into Michael Flynn.

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"I think it's pretty clear I have more confidence in Director Comey [than in the president]," Amash said last year.

Other members of the Freedom Caucus, including the group's chair, Rep. Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsHow scientists saved Trump's FDA from politics Liberals howl after Democrats cave on witnesses Kinzinger calls for people with info on Trump to come forward MORE (R-N.C.), also responded to the president's remarks.

"Mark Sanford has been a valued member of the Freedom Caucus & certainly has been a thoughtful member of congress. I am very supportive of his re-election efforts & passage of the tax reform package would not have been possible without his input," Meadows said in a statement to NBC News.