President Trump is running for re-election.
And while he is the favorite to win the Republican nomination for president in 2020 as he seeks a second term, that hasn’t stopped talk of challenges to Trump’s claim to the GOP nod.
And one prominent Republican is now hinting he may primary Trump in 2020.
Donald Trump has made enemies on both the left and the right.
Since stunning the world with his surprise victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016, Trump has made it clear that he intends to run for re-election in 2020.
And his broad support among the Republican Party should make him a shoo-in for the party’s re-nomination for another four-year term.
But that hasn’t stopped talk among NeverTrump factions of the Republican Party of putting up a primary challenge against the President.
The last sitting President to face a stiff primary challenge was George H.W. Bush in 1992.
Bush went on to lose re-election to Bill Clinton later that year.
Most discussions about a Republican challenge to Trump have largely been centered on former Ohio Governor John Kasich.
But there are other potential candidates that could emerge against Trump as well.
Most recently, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie hinted he may run against Trump in 2016.
Christie was asked by many to run in 2012 but chose not to get into the race.
After a dismal performance during his 2016 bid for the GOP nomination, Christie dropped out and endorsed Donald Trump.
Since leaving office, however, Christie has largely remained outside the public eye.
But he is now on a book tour and has been making moves suggesting he is entertaining the thought of running for president once more.
Breitbart reports, “Speaking before the 2019 Desert Town Hall series in Indian Wells, California, this week, Christie said that while he doesn’t envision himself mounting a bid against Trump, he told attendees, “Never say never,” according to KESQ.”
Christie has tried to remain on the President’s good side, however, and he was even considered as a potential candidate to replace outgoing Chief of Staff John Kelly last month, though the former Governor declined the offer.
While Christie admits that he will likely not challenge Trump, he has clearly left the door open.
Should Trump stun the country a second time by announcing he won’t run for re-election, Christie could easily jump into the open field.
The former Governor is clearly eager to run for another elected office in the near future, and there is speculation that he is using his book tour to test the waters for another bid for higher office.
It’s unclear however what circumstances would convince Christie to run for president again, either against Trump or after he leaves office.
However, the New Jersey politician has traditionally been aligned with the establishment wing of the GOP in the past, and without Trump he may once again gravitate in that direction.
We will keep you up to date with any new developments in this ongoing story.