Trump feud with Alaska senator intensifies

The White House is escalating its public feud with Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), a key swing vote who helped defeat the “skinny” ObamaCare repeal plan early Friday morning.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke called Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) on Wednesday and threatened to withhold federal support for key economic development projects in the state if Murkowski didn’t line up to support the GOP’s healthcare plans.

The missive — a threat Sullivan called “troubling” in the Alaska Dispatch News — came hours after Trump publicly called out Murkowski on Twitter, saying she “really let the Republicans, and our country, down” when she voted against a measure to proceed to the healthcare bill.

Murkowski on Thursday dismissed the characterization that Zinke’s call amounted to a threat.

“What the secretary shared with me was that the president was not pleased,” she said. “I think it’s very clear based on my conversation with the secretary that he was just sharing the concern that the president had expressed to him to pass on to me.”

Murkowski said Trump called her before Zinke’s conversation, and neither talk swayed her.

“He was very direct, in terms of encouraging me to vote to proceed,” she said. “It was a difficult conversation.”

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  1. CaptTurbo says:

    I don’t care how much pork that Murkowski skank brings home. Alaskans need to recall that RINO witch!

  2. RufusVonDufus says:

    Murkowski is a MurMORON and hopefully Alaskans who care about the U.S. will see that this is her last term in the Senate. She talked repeal and then when it came to vote for repeal she democrated out! She is a true POS!

  3. Wayne Peterkin says:

    Murkowski is shameful. One can hope that she will fail to be reelected and I hope the GOP mounts a very serious effort to replace her. Deny her any funding, mount some advertising against her. In the meantime, McConnell has a lot of authority in assigning committees and other tasks in the Senate. She can and should be marginalized for the remainder of her term.

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