• Thomas Parker

Republican Senator says she is "struggling" on whether to back Trump

Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said on Thursday that she is "struggling" with the decision about whether she would support President Trump in November.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Murkowski said she applauded a recent op-ed by retired General James Mattis that condemned Trump's actions this week. Mattis' op-ed criticized Trump for not uniting the country.

"When I saw General Mattis' comments yesterday I felt like perhaps we are getting to a point where we can be more honest with the concerns that we might hold internally and have the courage of our own convictions to speak up," Murkowksi said.

Other Republicans said that while they believe Mattis has a right to disagree with Trump, they did not agree with his assessment. Murkowski broke with her Republican colleagues, saying she was "thankful" for Mattis' op-ed and that she believes his words "were true."

On whether she would support the president in November, Murkowski said she was unsure.

"I am struggling with it. I have struggled with it for a long time I think you know that. I didn't support the President in the initial election, and I work hard to try to make sure that I'm able to represent my state well that I'm able to work with any administration and any president," Murkowski said. "He is our duly elected President I will continue to work with him. I will continue to work with this administration but I think right now as we are all struggling to find ways to express the words that need to be expressed appropriately, questions about who I'm going to vote for not going to vote for I think are distracting at the moment."

The President fired back in a series of tweets Thursday night, promising to back any candidate against Murkowski during her reelection campaign in 2022.

"Few people know where they'll be in two years from now, but I do, in the Great State of Alaska (which I love) campaigning against Senator Lisa Murkowski. She voted against HealthCare, Justice Kavanaugh, and much else," Trump said.

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