• By The Financial District


Republican Sen. Ben Sasse criticized President Donald Trump earlier this week during a private phone call with constituents, saying a number of unflattering things about the President, including that he's "flirted with White supremacists" and "kisses dictators' butts," his office confirmed to Devan Cole and Manu Raju of CNN

"The way he kisses dictators' butts. I mean, the way he ignores that the Uyghurs are in literal concentration camps in Xinjiang right now. He hasn't lifted a finger on behalf of the Hong Kongers," Sasse said in response to a constituent's question about his relationship with Trump and his past criticisms of the President. 

"The US now regularly sells out our allies under his leadership. The way he treats women and spends like a drunken sailor. The ways I criticized President (Barack) Obama for that kind of spending I've criticized President Trump for as well. He mocks evangelicals behind closed doors. His family has treated the presidency like a business opportunity. He's flirted with White supremacists," the Nebraska Republican said. 

The comments were first reported by The Washington Examiner, which obtained audio of the call. Sasse's office confirmed to CNN on Thursday that the senator made the comments. Despite Sasse's reputation as a periodic critic of the President, he's been a reliable Republican vote for Trump administration nominees and GOP policies. The Sasse spokesman did not respond to an inquiry about whether the Nebraska Republican supports Trump's reelection. Earlier, Sen. Mitt of Utah also condemned the vile politics promoted by Trump and his lack of civility.