Vermont Republican Governor Backs Trump 2020 Challenger

May 20, 2019 AT 7:48 AM

By Daniel Strauss and Stephanie Murray

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signaled support for former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld over President Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican primary.

Scott, during his weekly news conference Thursday, was asked whether he would prefer Weld, the only declared Republican primary challenger to Trump, over the incumbent president.

"Oh sure," Scott said.

But the Vermont governor said he wasn't ready to formally endorse any Republican and that he hoped Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan or Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker would consider jumping into the primary.

"I like Larry Hogan ... Charlie Baker, maybe he'll run," Scott said.

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