Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) says her recent criticism of President Trump doesn't mean her support for him is wavering.
“Probably 95 percent of the policies promoted by the president I’m still on board with,” she told the Omaha World-Herald Thursday. “I am going to support my president. I do think he’s doing a good job.”
Ernst admitted “the president does have flaws, but I’d be hard-pressed to find any president that doesn’t have flaws.”
“It’s OK that he makes trips, but we want to make sure that he is looking at the big picture and being fiscally responsible,” she added of his frequent ventures to Mar-a-Lago, his luxury resort in Palm Beach, Fla.
“If we’re going to criticize one party we need to criticize our own and lead by example. I don’t want him to repeat any of the actions of the past. I just want to move forward.”
Ernst said Tuesday that Trump’s costly visits to Mar-a-Lago bother both her and other Republicans in Congress.
“I do wish he would spend more time in Washington, D.C.,” she said during a town hall. “That’s what we have the White House for.”
Ernst also said during a separate event last week that Trump should release his tax returns, which the president has refused to do.
Trump has claimed he cannot reveal the information while he remains under an IRS audit, although the agency has said an audit does not prevent him from publishing his own returns.