Murkowski: Mattis's rebuke was "necessary and overdue"

“When I saw Gen. Mattis’s comments yesterday, I felt like perhaps we’re getting to the point where we can be more honest with the concerns that we might hold internally and have the courage of our own convictions to speak up,” Murkowski said. “And so I’m working as one individual to form the right words, knowing that these words really matter. So I appreciate Gen. Mattis’s comments.”

Asked if she can still support Trump, Murkowski said, “I am struggling with it. I have struggled with it for a long time.”

“He is duly elected our president,” she said. “I will continue to work with him. I will continue to work with this administration.”

“Right now, as we are all struggling with ways to express the words that need to be expressed appropriately,” Murkowski continued. “I think there are important conversations that we need to have as an American people amongst ourselves about where we are right now.”