A billionaire GOP investor said he is considering backing a Republican opponent to 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 if a credible candidate emerges during the 2020 GOP primary.
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Stanley Druckenmiller told The New York Times that he would consider donating to an alternative to the president in a GOP primary if he thought a challenger would have a chance against Trump.
“If I thought such a candidate would be a good president and had a realistic chance of securing the nomination, yes, of course [I would donate],” he told the Times.
Druckenmiller most recently supported former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) during the 2016 primary, donating thousands of dollars to super PACs supporting both men, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings compiled by CampaignMoney.com
The billionaire did not monetarily support the Trump campaign in 2016, according to FEC filings, instead supporting a number of Republican Senate campaigns including Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioHillicon Valley: Georgia officials launch investigation after election day chaos | Senate report finds Chinese telecom groups operated in US without proper oversight Republican Senators ask FCC to ‘clearly define’ when social media platforms should receive liability protections Trump’s tweet on protester sparks GOP backlash MORE (R-Fla.) and Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenate subcommittee: IRS should increase oversight of tax-prep companies in Free File program Senate report: Chinese telecom firms operated in US without proper oversight for decades GOP’s Obama-era probes fuel Senate angst MORE (R-Ohio).
Druckenmiller’s statements come as the Republican Party issued a rare declaration of support for Trump’s campaign this week ahead of the 2020 primary, a move that is largely symbolic but could serve to quell any high-profile challenges from the GOP against the president.
The resolution adopted this week at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting declared the party’s “undivided support for President Donald J. Trump and his effective Presidency” ahead of the 2020 election.