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Trump Vows to Campaign for Any Candidate Challenging Sen. Lisa Murkowski

President Donald Trump on Thursday said he would endorse any candidate who would run against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) after the senator came out in support of a statement from former defense secretary James Mattis that heavily criticized Trump.

Murkowski, a swing-vote senator, had told reporters earlier on Thursday that she is “struggling” with the idea of voting for Trump, and said that Mattiss recent public statement was “true and honest and necessary and overdue.”

Following Murkowskis comments, Trump wrote on Twitter, “Few people know where theyll be in two years from now, but I do, in the Great State of Alaska (which I love) campaigning against Senator Lisa Murkowski.

“She voted against HealthCare, Justice Kavanaugh, and much else,” Trump continued. “Unrelated, I gave Alaska ANWR [Arctic National Wildlife Refuge], major highways, and more. Get any candidate ready, good or bad, I dont care, Im endorsing. If you have a pulse, Im with you!”

…Unrelated, I gave Alaska ANWR, major highways, and more. Get any candidate ready, good or bad, I dont care, Im endorsing. If you have a pulse, Im with you!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2020

Mattis, a retired Marine four-star general, issued a heavily critical statement against Trump on Wednesday. Mattis accused the president of causing division among the American people and alleged that Trump has been putting “deliberate” effort over the past three years to that end.

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Later that day, Trump issued a comment on Twitter saying that he had “the honor of firing Jim Mattis, the worlds most overrated General.”

On Monday, June 1, around 7:00 p.m., Trump walked across Lafayette Square from the White House to St. Johns Church and held up a bible. He was accompanied by senior aides, along with Secret Service agents and reporters. The church had been partially damaged due to arson over the weekend.

“We have the greatest country in the world,” Trump said at the church, where many past presidents have attended services. “Were going to keep it safe.”

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President Donald Trump holds a Bible as he visits outside St. Johns Church across Lafayette Park from the White House, in Washington, on June 1, 2020. (Patrick Semansky/AP Photo)
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President Donald Trump walks in Lafayette Park to visit outside St. Johns Church across from the White House in Washington on June 1, 2020. Part of the church was set on fire during riots on Sunday night. (Patrick Semansky/AP Photo)

U.S. Park Police had evacuated protesters at the park around 6:30 p.m., ahead of a 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew imposed by Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser. Police officers used smoke canisters and pepper balls to aid them in dispersing the crowd after protesters became combative and started throwing objects at the officers, according to a USPP statement.

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Protestors run as riot police fire tear gas and move on demonstrators to clear Lafayette Park and the area around it across from the White House, in Washington, June 1, 2020. (Reuters/Ken Cedeno)
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Police on horseback begin to approach demonstrators who had gathered to protest the death of George Floyd, near the White House in Washington on June 1, 2020. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)

Republicans criticized Trump over what happened on June 1, including Sens. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine).

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