[Ed. – Not a smart tactical move. He may need her vote later on on some other issue.]
President Trump said Saturday that he was “absolutely shocked” by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s “disgraceful” refusal to support the confirmation of newly sworn-in Supreme CourtJustice Brett M. Kavanaugh.
“I’ve done so much for Alaska, I was shocked to see her vote. Absolutely shocked,” Mr. Trump told Fox’s “Justice with Judge Jeanine.” “And frankly so were other Republicans.”
Ms. Murkowski was the only Republican who did not vote in favor of the nomination. One Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voted in favor of confirmation.
The president cited his support for oil drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge — the Bureau of Land Management began scoping the region in April after Congress opened it up for leasing — saying it meant “trillions of dollars.”
“I’m not equating one thing with the other at all,” Mr. Trump added.