Another surprising dinner guest was invited to the White House recently. President Trump reportedly asked Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to a private meal. The senator could not attend due to a prior obligation in her home state, according to CNN on Tuesday.
When asked if there was a problem in her relationship with the president, she replied, “I don’t think there’s a sourness. If there were, I don’t think he would continue to be engaging — and that’s what we are going to continue to do.”
President Trump is picking up the intensity in his negotiations as Republicans once again pursue new health care legislation. A New bill from Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is pushing a block grant proposal to repeal much of ObamaCare.
The Alaskan senator caught the ire of the president in the summer when she voted against the previous healthcare measure.
“Senator @lisamurkowski of the Great State of Alaska really let the Republicans, and our country, down yesterday. Too bad!” Trump wrote on Twitter in July.
Murkowski joined ranks with Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), then voted against the “skinny” repeal of ObamaCare later that week.
The new bill is gaining momentum, but Murkowski has said she is still studying the bill. “I need to figure out how all the numbers work with regards to Alaska,” she told reporters Monday.
Murkowski said she met with Cassidy last week to go over numbers. When she was asked if the bill is better than the bill she voted against in July, Murkowski said, “I still have to figure that out.”
She didn’t do lunch with the president, but is she ready to do business with this legislation? We look forward to seeing your predictions.
Credit: The Hill