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Amash accuses Trump of selling military support to Saudi Arabia

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashIncoming GOP lawmaker shares video of hotel room workout, citing 'Democrat tyrannical control' Rundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day Romney congratulates Biden after victory MORE (I-Mich.), a vocal critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump MORE, on Saturday accused the president of selling U.S. military support to Saudi Arabia.

Trump said in an interview with Fox News’s Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamPai formally announces plans to leave FCC Potential 2024 Republicans flock to Georgia amid Senate runoffs Hillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk MORE the day before that he had pressured Riyadh to compensate the U.S. for a recent deployment to the Middle East. 

“We have a very good relationship with Saudi Arabia. I said, listen, you’re a very rich country. You want more troops? I’m going to send them to you, but you’ve got to pay us. They’re paying us. They’ve already deposited $1 billion in the bank,” he said.

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“He sells troops,” Amash tweeted in response.

Amash has repeatedly angered House Republicans with his frequent criticism of Trump’s character and rhetoric, leading to his removal from the conservative House Freedom Caucus, which he co-founded.

He later announced he would leave the GOP and become an Independent and separately said he supports impeaching Trump over his dealings with Ukraine, thought he has remains staunchly conservative on most policy issues.

The Michigan lawmaker has not ruled out a third-party challenge to Trump in the 2020 presidential race.

Amash’s broadsides have infuriated Trump, who has reportedly floated supporting a Republican opponent to try to unseat him and held a campaign rally in his district late last year.