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Rep. Justin Amash at the Capitol in March. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) tweeted Monday that he's looking "closely" at a third-party presidential bid, as he criticized President Trump for claiming during a coronavirus briefing that his "authority is total."

The big picture: The libertarian, who left the Republican Party last July, said Americans deserve another option — prompting a Twitter user to say, "Please be you." He replied, "Thanks. I’m looking at it closely this week." Amash was first reported to be weighing the idea last May of challenging Trump in the presidential election.

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