I know Alaska 'better than he does': Murkowski on Trump

Lisa MurkowskiThe Associated Press
File - In this Oct. 4, 2018 file photo, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks to members of the media after a vote to advance Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill. Alaska Republican party leaders plan to consider whether to reprimand Murkowski for opposing Kavanaugh's confirmation. The party has asked Murkowski to provide any information she might want its state central committee to consider. Murkowski told reporters that if she worried about political repercussions she wouldn't be able to do the job Alaskans expect her to do. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is brushing back against President Donald Trump, saying she knows her state's political terrain "better than he does."

Trump says voters "will never forgive" Murkowski for opposing Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, and he says the senator will "never recover" politically.

Murkowski, who isn't up for re-election until 2022, tells reporters that her "barometer is not necessarily what the president says but what the people of Alaska say."

She acknowledges that some voters are disappointed in her decision, but says that's unavoidable because Alaskans were split on whether Kavanaugh should be confirmed.

Murkowski got a vote of confidence Wednesday from Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who told The Associated Press in an interview that "nobody's going to beat her" in Alaska.

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