Republican Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), in an interview with The New York Times, claimed the likelihood his party will be supportive of President Trump running for office again in 2020 is uncertain, according to various reports Saturday.
“They see weakness in this president,” McCain told the Times, adding, “Look, it’s not a nice business we’re in.”
McCain has been a vocal critic of Trump, and essentially backstabbed the president and his respective party alongside Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski when he helped defeat the Republican leadership’s latest effort to undo Obamacare. All three senators voted “no” on the “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act.
Earlier on Thursday, Trump blasted out a Twitter post regarding the current relationship between the United States and Russia. He placed the blame on Congress, noting it is the same people who failed in the efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, indicating a not-so-subtle jab at McCain.
“Our relationship with Russia is at an all-time & very dangerous low. You can thank Congress, the same people that can’t even give us HCare!” Trump tweeted.
McCain shot back a retort to the president’s tweet: “Our relationship w/ Russia is at dangerous low. You can thank Putin for attacking our democracy, invading neighbors & threatening our allies.”
A NYT report regarding the GOP’s ambitions with a Trump 2020 run incorporates interviews from over 75 Republicans from various levels and ideologies of the GOP.
The report also indicates donors and strategists are becoming more hesitant to lend support to a Trump 2020 run, signifying a break from tradition as possible candidates are showing their faces earlier at notable donor-filled Republican events than usual.
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