//Republicans explore challenging Trump in 2020 primaries – live

Republicans explore challenging Trump in 2020 primaries – live

John Kasich, Mark Sanford and Jeff Flake among those reportedly in various stages of weighing a run against the president

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2.23pm BST

Donald Trump here, quoting right-wing conspiracy theorist Wayne Allen Root’s comments describing Trump as the “King of Israel” and “the second coming of god”.

“Thank you to Wayne Allyn Root for the very nice words. “President Trump is the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world…and the Jewish people in Israel love him….

….like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God…But American Jews don’t know him or like him. They don’t even know what they’re doing or saying anymore. It makes no sense! But that’s OK, if he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’s good for…..

…..all Jews, Blacks, Gays, everyone. And importantly, he’s good for everyone in America who wants a job.” Wow! @newsmax @foxandfriends @OANN

2.02pm BST

Good morning and welcome to live coverage of the day’s political news.

•A number of prominent Republicans are preparing to challenge Donald Trump for the presidency. Former Ohio governor John Kasich, former Arizona senator Jeff Flake, former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford and former congressman Joe Walsh are each in various stages of weighing a run against Trump in the GOP primaries, according to the Washington Post.

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