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Bill Weld: Trump to face 2020 Republican challenge

17 April 2019

Weld told CNN's Jake Tapper on "The Lead" that it would be a "political tragedy" and he would "fear for the Republic" if the country had six more years of Trump as President.

Former governor of the USA state of Massachusetts William (Bill) Weld became the first Republican to announce a challenge against President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential primary. It is time to return to the principles of Lincoln - equality, dignity, and opportunity for all.

The move by Mr Weld makes Mr Trump the first incumbent president since George HW Bush in 1992 to face a notable primary challenge.

But the challenge could have the potential for intraparty strife, which could weaken the incumbent or expose vulnerabilities that would later be exploited by a general election rival. Mr Weld has released a campaign video which showcases his political style against the current president's.

Weld later stated that he doesn't think he would run as an independent if he doesn't win the Republican nomination. "I'm not saying I would ever endorse a Democrat in this race, but I could not support the president".

In 2016, Weld joined Johnson to represent the Libertarian Party.

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"I spent seven years in the Justice Department trying to keep the politics out of law enforcement, he's trying to put it in", Weld said.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

While holding the line on spending and taxes, Weld as governor embraced liberal positions at odds with national Republicans on abortion and gay rights. He briefly entertained a run for president in 1996 before mounting an unsuccessful campaign that year to unseat Democratic Sen.

Weld fired back at Helms, suggesting it was un-American for Helms to refuse to hold a public hearing on a high-profile ambassadorial nomination.

The 73-year-old is not new to politics having governed MA for six years and served in the justice department under President Ronald Reagan.

Bill Weld: Trump to face 2020 Republican challenge