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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 AmashBiden: 'Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK' Battle rages over vaccine passports Republicans eye primaries in impeachment vote MORE (R-Mich.) slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpUS gives examples of possible sanctions relief to Iran GOP lawmaker demands review over FBI saying baseball shooting was 'suicide by cop' House passes bill aimed at stopping future Trump travel ban MORE on Twitter Tuesday afternoon after the president took aim at Amash's fellow House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Mark SanfordMark SanfordLobbying world 5 lawyers leave Trump impeachment team ahead of trial: reports South Carolina GOP votes to censure Rep. Rice over impeachment vote 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 ComeyShowtime developing limited series about Jan. 6 Capitol riot Wray says FBI not systemically racist John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges 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 MeadowsBoehner finally calls it as he sees it Stephen Miller launching group to challenge Democrats' policies through lawsuits A year with the coronavirus: How we got here 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.