Murkowski: Mattis’ Trump Criticism Is “True And Honest,” “Necessary And Overdue”
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voiced agreement with former Defense Secretary James Mattis on Thursday, after Mattis criticized President Donald Trump’s response to nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd.
According to Axios, Murkowski said Mattis’ criticism was "true and honest and necessary and overdue."
"[W]hen I saw Gen. 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."
"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."
"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."
Mattis, a four-star Marine general, wrote in a statement to The Atlantic that Trump has made a "mockery of our Constitution,” also saying he was “appalled” by the president’s response to protests.
Axios noted that Murkowski has said “she's ‘struggling’ with her support for him in November — a rare full-on rebuke of Trump from a Senate Republican.”