Trump hits back at Republican senator after criticism

Trump hits back at Republican senator after criticism
Senator Ben Sasse said Donald Trump treats the presidency like a 'business opportunity'. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: US President Donald Trump hits back at a Republican senator who said Mr Trump “flirted with white supremacists”, treats the presidency like a “business opportunity”, and “kisses dictators’ butts”.

Ben Sasse, a senator from the state of Nebraska, made the comments last week during a teleconference with constituents. Mr Sasse is one of the few Republicans to regularly criticise Trump. He also criticised Mr Trump for not initially taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously.

Mr Trump hits back on Saturday, calling Sasse the “least effective of our 53 Republican Senators, and a person who truly doesn’t have what it takes to be great”.

President Trump tweet says Sasse “was as nice as a RINO can be until he recently won the Republican nomination to run for a second term”, referring to the senator as a Republican In Name Only, a derogatory label among conservatives.

“Little Ben is a liability to the Republican Party, and an embarrassment to the Great State of Nebraska. Other than that, he’s just a wonderful guy!” Trump tweeted.

The President harsh words elicited little response from the senator. His spokesman told USA Today that he is “not going to waste a single minute on tweets”. The senator is seeking a second term in the US Senate.

While several top Republicans initially opposed Trump’s presidency in 2016 in what was then dubbed the “never-Trump” movement, some of those early critics, including Lindsey Graham, House Judiciary Chairman, have become close allies of the President.

However, some Republicans who are running for re-election this year have sought to distance themselves from the President, fearing his apparent mismanagement and divisive style to handle of the coronavirus pandemic may hurt them at the polls.

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