Amy Fried, a political science professor at the University of Maine, spoke with The Washington Post for an article about how President Donald Trump is pushing Maine Gov. Paul LePage to run for the U.S. Senate. Trump has told White House advisers that he plans to call Republican LePage, who endorsed him in February 2016, and ask him to run against independent Sen. Angus King in 2018 and offer his endorsement, according to the article. “Angus King is a very strong candidate for re-election,” Fried said. “His approval ratings have been high, he takes a lot of care in staying in touch with Maine, and he is a strong, popular independent.” However, Fried added that LePage “certainly has a strong base” and high name-recognition. The Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News and Sun Journal also published The Washington Post article.