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Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse criticizes Trump in call with constituents

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska has told constituents that President Donald Trump mocks Christian evangelicals in private and “kisses dictators’ butts.”

Sasse made the comments Wednesday during a telephone town hall this week when he was asked why he has been so critical of a president of his own party.

"The way he kisses dictators butts. I mean the way he ignores that the Uyghurs are in literal concentration camps in Xinjiang. Right now, he hasn't lifted a finger on behalf of the Hong-Kongers, I mean he and I have a very different foreign policy. It isn't just that he fails to lead our allies. It's that the United States now regularly sells out our allies under his leadership. The way he treats women, spends like a drunken….the ways I criticize President Obama for that kind of spending; I've criticized President Trump for as well. He mocks Evangelicals behind closed doors. His family has treated the Presidency like a business opportunity. He's flirted with White Supremacists." said Sen. Ben Sasse (R) Nebraska.

Sasse is running for a second term representing the typically red state. The comments were first reported by the Washington Examiner after it obtained an audio recording of the senator’s comments.

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