Published: Sun, August 25, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh making longshot GOP challenge to Trump

Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh making longshot GOP challenge to Trump

Joe Walsh, a talk radio host and former congressman, said on Sunday he would challenge Donald Trump for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination.

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Washington.

Former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld (R) is the only other Republican to launch a primary challenge against Trump so far. Walsh has since soured on Trump.

Walsh told Stephanopoulos that he is running because he believes Trump is "unfit" for office. An Associated Press-NORC poll conducted this month found that 78% of Republicans approve of Trump's job performance. "The country is sick of this guy's tantrum". The former Trump booster added: "I'm a conservative".

President Trump strongly suggests he will look at a middle-class tax cut, if Republicans take back the government in 2020. I'm opening up my life to tweets and attacks.

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Asked whether he was prepared for that, Walsh replied: "Yes, I'm ready for it".

Both challengers will have an uphill climb, because no sitting president who has campaigned for another term has failed to secure it in modern history. "It's his poor record that makes him most worthy of a primary challenge", Walsh wrote in a New York Times op-ed this month.

Macron reportedly surprised Trump at his hotel, and the two had lunch, where they reportedly discussed several crises around the world, including in Libya, Iran, and Russian Federation, as well as climate change and trade policy - Trump had earlier repeated threats to place tariffs on French wine imports to the U.S.in retaliation for France's digital services tax.

Walsh said that his most former GOP colleagues don't want Trump to be reelected.

We can not afford four more years of Donald Trump. On November 9th, if Trump loses, I'm grabbing my musket. "I regret that. And I'm sorry for that", he said.

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