GOP senator: ‘Way too early’ to talk about supporting Trump in 2020

Republican Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Republicans release newly declassified intelligence document on FBI source Steele Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos MORE (Wis.) said Thursday that “it’s way too early” to discuss supporting President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in 2020.

“Chris, you know it’s way too early to be talking about the 2020 [election],” Johnson said on CNN’s “New Day” when asked if he will support Trump in a 2020 reelection bid.

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“No, it isn’t, not to say that you support the guy who’s president, who’s the head of your party,” CNN anchor Chris Cuomo pushed back. 

Johnson argued that there could be a different landscape in 2020 and pointed to the upcoming November midterm elections. 

“It could be a completely different world by 2020. We have a 2018 election first,” Johnson said. “So, you know, I understand the kind of ‘gotcha’ question you’re engaging here. But it’s just way too early to even be talking about it.”

Cuomo said he was “offended” by Johnson’s view of the inquiry as a “gotcha” question.

Both parties are currently focused on the upcoming midterms, where the GOP will have to defend its majorities in both the House and the Senate.

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