President Trump's first Republican challenger for 2020 steps forward

President Trump’s first Republican challenger for 2020 steps forward

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld formally declared his candidacy for the White House on Monday.

Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, another vocal Trump critic, has been mulling a GOP primary challenge against Trump. So has Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. So far Weld is the only one to throw his hat in the ring.

“It is time for patriotic men and women across our great nation to stand and plant a flag. It is time to return to the principles of Lincoln – equality, dignity, and opportunity for all. There is no greater cause on earth than to preserve what truly makes America great. I am ready to lead that fight,” said Weld in a statement as he launched his bid to try and topple Trump, who remains very popular with Republicans.

Weld, a very vocal critic of Trump released a three-minute-long video hitting out a the president and highlighting his own ‘achievements’ during his two terms as governor of Massachusetts in the 1990s.

The president’s re-election campaign adviser, Lara Trump, said the president’s 2020 team hasn’t been worried at all about a Republican primary challenge.

“I don’t know why someone would be dumb enough to challenge Donald Trump,” she told Fox News recently when asked about Weld.

“I don’t know why anybody would waste their time and money on the Republican end trying to challenge the president. We’re not worried about that at all,” added Trump, who was interviewed before headlining the New Hampshire GOP’s annual fundraising gala.

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