Republican Senator Ben Sasse says he plans to leave the Republican Party "every morning" and called the White House a "telenovela presidency."
"I probably think about it every morning when I get up and I realize, why am I flying away from Nebraska to go to DC this week? Are we going to do real things?" He said in the & # 39; State of the Union & # 39; of CNN.
Republican Senator Ben Sasse says he thinks about leaving the Republican Party "every morning"
Sasse has been critical of Trump returning to the 2016 campaign
Sasse has criticized President Donald Trump's return to the 2016 campaign. And he tweeted last week that he's "regularly" think about changing to become an independent.
The first-term senator, who describes himself as an "independent conservative," said he is "committed to the party of (Abraham) Lincoln and (Ronald) Reagan as long as there's a chance to reform it." But this party used to be for some pretty definable things, and, frankly, none of these parts is much more than being anti. "
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He specifically cited the "drama" of Omarose's book Manigault Newman, from Bob Woodward's book, and the drama of the anonymous New York Times written by a "high official of the Trump administration" that describes a movement of "resistance" in the administration.
"I have no desire to beat this president, but it's pretty clear that this White House is a reality show, a soap-opera presidency," he said.
Sasse told CNN that he likes some of the things Trump has done, particularly citing Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.
He also ruled out talking about how he could challenge Trump in 2020, although he did not rule it out completely.
"I am quite happy living in Nebraska and going to Washington DC five days a week trying to serve the best I can," Sasse said, adding that "we spent too much time talking about campaigning in this country."
Senator Ben Sasse says he likes some things Trump has done, such as nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court
President Trump has not attacked Sasse as if he had other criticisms
Sasse is a fitness nut known for sometimes doing 10,000 push-ups a month. He has a pedigree from the long Ivy League – a bachelor's degree in government from Harvard and a doctorate in history from Yale – and has become a conservative critic of the president.
He famously said during the 2016 campaign that instead of going to the Republican convention in Cleveland to see Trump being nominated, he would take his children to see some garbage fires.
He is also, like Trump, a Twitter fanatic and tweets often on everything from politics issues to Nebraska football.
But he has stayed away from the president's anger unlike other Trump critics, such as Senator Jeff Flake.