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Maryland’s Republican Governor Hasn’t Ruled Out Challenging Trump in Primary Election

Republican Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has not ruled out challenging President Donald Trump in the GOP primary, he revealed Wednesday in a pre-recorded segment on CBS This Morning.

“I was just sworn in a month ago for my second term. I’ve got a lot of work to do here in Maryland,” he told CBS political correspondent Ed O’Keefe, who had interviewed him at the Maryland State House earlier this morning. “I would say I’m being approached from a lot of different people, and I guess the best way to put it is I haven’t thrown them out of my office.”

The Republican governor said he thinks Trump made a “real mistake” by trying to use a national emergency to build a border wall, and said Trump’s mistakes “should be challenged” by both Republicans and Democrats. He pointed out that his father, former Congressman Lawrence Hogan, would have done the same thing even though he was also a Republican.

“Republicans were mad as heck at him for decades really. Some of them. And never, you know, the White House was pretty furious. In retrospect people say, man, what courage,” the Governor said of his father, who was the first Republican congressman to publicly call for Richard Nixon‘s impeachment in 1974.

Hogan said our issues with border security, while important, are being much more exaggerated by the Trump administration than the actual problem at hand. Moreover, he believes the use of a national emergency in this situation to be unlawful.

Maryland joined 15 other states this week to sue the Trump administration for the border wall national emergency declaration.

“No man, not even the President of the United States, is above the law,” the Governor said.

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