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Conservatives lash out at Liz Cheney over Trump criticism

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2019 file photo, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks with reporters at the Capitol in Washington. House Republicans facing electoral uncertainty in November turned on one another in a private meeting on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, as a small group of conservative lawmakers confronted House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney over what they said was disloyalty to President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2019 file photo, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks with reporters at the Capitol in Washington. House Republicans facing electoral uncertainty in November turned on one another in a private meeting on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, as a small group of conservative lawmakers confronted House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney over what they said was disloyalty to President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)(AP Images)
Published: Jul. 21, 2020 at 7:13 PM CDT
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A small group of lawmakers has confronted House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney for what they said was disloyalty to President Donald Trump.

According to people familiar with Tuesday’s closed-door meeting, the lawmakers called out Cheney for her support of Dr. Anthony Fauci and for her support for a primary challenger to a fellow Republican lawmaker. One of the people familiar with the exchange says Cheney didn’t back down in the meeting and did not apologize for breaking with Trump.

The confrontation comes as the president has struggled with a response to the coronavirus pandemic and Republicans in Congress have been somewhat split on his handling of the crisis.

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