Former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld on Sunday defended his decision to pursue a 2020 Republican primary challenge against President Donald Trump, saying in an interview on ABC News’ “This Week” that he is acting in the best interests of the country.
“I think the Republicans in Washington want to have no election, basically. I don’t think that would be very good for the country,” Weld told host Martha Raddatz.
Weld announced his decision in New Hampshire on Friday, becoming the first high-profile challenge to Trump’s re-election bid.
In the ABC interview, Weld also criticized Trump’s leadership style, pointing to the president’s declaration of a national emergency in pursuit of a wall along the border with Mexico.
“He thinks he has to humiliate whoever he’s dealing with, or else he’s half a man,” Weld said. “The emergency declaration is just one example of that. Congress thought they had a deal. He says, ‘Oh, you think you have a deal? I’m going to show you a deal. I’m going to show you who’s boss.’ It’s just no way to run a railroad.”