GOP senator caught blasting Trump, mocking lawmaker for duel challenge
By Andrew Shepperson
Sen. Susan Collins and Rep. Blake Farenthold. (Photo: Getty Images)
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine took some heat Tuesday when a hot mic captured her tearing into President Trump and basting a fellow lawmaker for challenging her to a duel.
Collins’ comments came at the end of Tuesday’s hearing on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, the Associated Press reported. She could initially be heard criticizing Trump’s proposed 2018 budget, which calls for deep spending cuts to domestic programs, Medicaid, medical research, food stamps and highway funding.
“Whenever there was a grant, they just X-ed it out, with no metric, no thinking about it, no nothing,” she said to Democratic Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island. “It’s just incredibly irresponsible.”
“I think he’s crazy,” Reed replied.
“I’m worried,” Collins added.
Collins also took the opportunity to mock fellow Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold, who on Friday called out “some female senators from the Northeast” for not supporting Trump’s health care legislation. He then said he would challenge them to a duel “Aaron Burr-style” if they were men from his home state of Texas.
“Did you see the one who challenged me to a duel?” Collins asked.
“I know,” Reed replied. “Trust me. Do you know