WASHINGTON (AP) — A top aide to President Donald Trump is urging the primary defeat of a conservative House member from Michigan.

Saturday’s tweet by White House social media director Dan Scavino Jr. comes two days after Trump threatened conservative lawmakers who thwarted a House vote on health care legislation.

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Scavino targeted congressman Justin Amash of Michigan, a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus criticized by Trump. Scavino says in the tweet that Trump is bringing auto plants and jobs back to Michigan and calls Amash a “big liability.”

Scavino ends the tweet by urging Trump supporters to defeat Amash in his next primary.

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Government ethics lawyers say Scavino’s tweet violates federal law that limits political activity by government employees. The White House had no immediate comment.

 

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