From left, President Donald Trump, accompanied by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, speaks to members of the media after participating in a Congressional Republican Leadership Retreat at Camp David, Md., Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump washes his hands of insurgency against GOP incumbents

January 07, 2018 - 2:39 am

THURMONT, Md. (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's done campaigning for insurgents challenging incumbent Republican members of Congress.

Trump told reporters after meeting GOP House and Senate leaders at Camp David on Saturday that he's planning a robust schedule of campaigning for the 2018 midterm elections and that includes involvement in the Republican primaries. He'll campaign for incumbents, he says, and "anybody else that has my kind of thinking."

But after a stinging loss in Alabama, Trump says he's done supporting challengers. He declared, "I don't see that happening." Trump had supported Roy Moore after he won the GOP primary.

Moore's defeat in the subsequent special election handed Democrats another seat in the Senate.

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