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Murkowski ‘struggling’ over whether to back Trump in election

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U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski said on Thursday she is struggling to decide whether she can support President Donald Trump’s re-election bid, saying criticism of Trump’s response to nationwide protests by former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis rang true. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.

Republican senators are weighing in after Donald Trump’s former defense secretary issued a scathing rebuke of the president.

Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski defended former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, saying that his criticism over the president’s response to nationwide protests rang true: (quote) “I was really thankful. I thought General Mattis’ words were true, and honest, and necessary and overdue.”

Asked if she would support Trump in the 2020 election, Murkowski – who did not support Trump in 2016 – told reporters on Capitol Hill (quote), “I am struggling with it. I have struggled with it for a long time.”

On Wednesday in a statement published in The Atlantic, the former Pentagon chief accused Trump of trying to divide America and roundly denounced a militarization of the U.S. response to domestic unrest.

Another Republican, Senator Mitt Romney, also praised Mattis.

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