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Collins: Trump's 'Extremely Unconventional' Approach Chaotic

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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine (AP)

By    |   Monday, 16 October 2017 08:37 AM

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who last week announced she would remain in the Senate rather than seek a run for governor, Monday said she believes President Donald Trump's "extremely unconventional" approach has caused "more chaos" than good for the United States and its relationship with its allies and enemies.

"I would urge the president to remember that every single word that he says matters," the Maine Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe," while commenting about the war of words between Trump and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.

"When he was in the private sector in the business world, he could make an off the hand comment, and it really didn't matter," Collins continued. "Even as a candidate, it could be excused, because he was running for political office. But he is now president of the United States of America. And every word that he says counts."

Collins said she would encourage the president to be "more careful with his rhetoric" because the potential is there that he could send an "inadvertent signal" to America and worldwide.

The senator said she is a friend of Corker's, and considers him an excellent senator and a "great leader" for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"He knows a great deal," Collins said. "I don't think the Twitter war between him and the president is productive, and I'd like to see them get back to working on the Iran legislation, for example."

Collins also said Monday her decision to stay in the Senate was not an easy one, as the attraction of running for governor would have meant being close to family and friends.

"But in the end, I decided that the issues right now in Washington are consequential," said Collins, one of a handful of senators whose opposition to healthcare reform and replace legislation that was presented earlier this year led to its being voted down.

"I am a person who likes to work across the aisle and build bipartisan coalitions, and that's what I decided I wanted to do," Collins said of her decision to remain in Washington. "In the end, it came down to where I could do more for my state and country."

Washington, she added, reflects the national discord that is going on.

"The polarization has never been greater, and yet, I remain a congenital optimist that the pendulum will swing back," she said. "If those of us who are in the middle leave, I worry who will lead that effort to bring us back and get things done for the American people in a way that is less partisan and that invites input by both Republicans and Democrats. I would say, however, I would never begin to compare myself to [Sen.] John McCain, who has done so much for our country."

Collins, though, does not support Obamacare and backs a measure negotiated by Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., which she says would lower premiums, stabilize the healthcare markets and authorize cost-saving reductions.

"That's a package that I believe can garner support on both sides of the aisle, and I hope that the president would sign it into law," Collins said.

Collins also commented Monday about the experiences she has faced as a female senator, and about the Harvey Weinstein scandal, calling the unfolding details reprehensible.

As far as the Senate is concerned, when a man is elected, "it's assumed that he belongs there," but women have to prove they should be there.

"Once we do that, we're accepted, but there is an extra barrier that I've found," she said.

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