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"Seattle. We have forty four degrees. Komo news time four oh five Mitt Romney is out with a scathing op Ed in the Washington Post today, highly critical of President Trump, and this comes just as Republicans in South Carolina, anti US Virgin Islands are flirting with the idea of cancelling their presidential primaries in twenty twenty as an effort to protect the president from a challenge from within his own party. Komo's Jeff Pohjola spoke with Republican strategist Randy Pepple. Democratic strategist Kathy Allen is pretty typical of. Political parties that when they have an incumbent president. They tried to avoid having any kind of primary challenger to that and company because they know that that drains away resources from a general election the effort, and so I think this is pretty typical and really a non story. But do you actually think this is going to go forward? Because would you not be then depriving the voters right to have a say? Well, I think that the fact that it came out of the from the US Virgin Islands trying to ingratiate himself with President Trump. But no other state is saying, yes, we should change the rules of delegate selection to prohibit primary challenge. I think it's pretty pretty much a non event now the Romney op, Ed I think is significant in that it shows that Mitt Romney. Senator starting tomorrow. Is going to take on the mantle in the US Senate at least of being the chief of the Republican resistance to Donald Trump. I think at least he's going to try. I also think it was a bigger statement that Mitt Romney came out just on this day to actually kinda like launch what could be a presidential effort, very similar to what we start in regards to Elizabeth Warren and doing this the day before we all go back into the into Senate, and congress the fact is it belies more than just the obvious pronouncement in both cases, it's predicated on their personal political ambition. I think and also I believe that what it does. Is it kind of lets everyone else. No. If you're going to actually step up and run, then no you're going to be running against me. And take out your checkbook you think Mitt Romney runs for president twenty twenty. I think that it it looks to me like if it falls in a way that people. People gravitate around him. Yes. Which is why I think you see all of the Trump forces at and now aligning themselves early with the Republican party. We are one kind of going forward. I do think that that's kind of an effort to preempt anyone particularly Mitt Romney from getting in that race. I think that what Mitt Romney is doing is preparing for a post Trump world and leadership in the Republican party in that post Trump world now whether that is before the twenty twenty election, or after it, I don't think anybody knows. But given that Donald Trump is nothing if not unpredictable. It's no guarantee that he will seek a second term the special counsel report and action by congress on impeachment. Could have a say in that. But he could also decide that it is not worth his time to get into an election that he would lose and nothing could be worse for Donald Trump and losing. So he may well run again, that's Republican strategist Randy Pepple. Democratic strategists Kathy. Allen speaking with komo's Jeff Pohjola. Spokane valley company will open a factory in Vietnam. As a hedge against any future. Trade dispute between the US and China. Here's komo's Bill. O'neil key Toronto produces electrons for other companies at factories in the US, China and Mexico. The spokesman review reports more of the company's electric components made in China and eventually sold in the United States are subject to tariffs because of the Trump administration's trade policies new factory is expected to open in July will allow key to shift some of its production from China to Vietnam reducing manufacturing costs and avoiding some tariffs. Key Tron employs about fifty five hundred people. Worldwide including two hundred fifty at Spokane valley headquarters. Bill O'neil, KOMO news. Komo news time four ten. Here's Tom at the Harley exterior sports desk. Well, it looks like the husky football team will need to replace all of its terrific secondary next season. Komo's Bill Swartz with details of an underclassmen who's making the jump to pro football all Pac twelve safety. Taylor rap announces he is foregoing the final year of eligibility with the Washington huskies to enter the NFL draft last weekend, the junior from Bellingham spoke with KOMO news about the dogs hard road to Pasadena. This year is."