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Trump Responds to Surprise From Justin Amash

President happy to see 'dumbest' and 'most disloyal' member of GOP leave party
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2019 9:39 AM CDT
Updated Jul 4, 2019 11:37 AM CDT
Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(Newser) – Justin Amash is leaving the GOP, and President Trump is happy to see him go. After the conservative Michigan congressman—the only member of his party to have supported the idea of impeaching Trump—made his big announcement Thursday, the president responded on Twitter. "Great news for the Republican Party as one of the dumbest & most disloyal men in Congress is 'quitting' the Party," Trump wrote. "No Collusion, No Obstruction! Knew he couldn’t get the nomination to run again in the Great State of Michigan. Already being challenged for his seat. A total loser!" Amash isn't joining the Democrats—he thinks both parties are ruining America. Instead, he's going independent. Coverage:

  • 3 questions: The surprise announcement leaves three big questions to be answered, per the Detroit News: Will Amash run for re-election to Congress in 2020 as an independent? Will he run for president instead? And in the meantime, will he continue to caucus with Republicans?

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