Feinstein: Trump 'can be a good president'

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenators push mandatory sexual harassment training for members, staff Bipartisan group of lawmakers aim to reform US sugar program Senate panel to hold hearing on bump stocks MORE (D-Calif.) said late Tuesday that President Trump could "be a good president" and that he "can learn and change." 

The Democratic senator's comments reportedly "shocked" the crowd in San Francisco.

"The question is whether he can learn and change," Feinstein said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. "If so, I believe he can be a good president."

She also said that Trump will have to "forget himself enough and have the type of empathy and direction the country needs." 

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Feinstein added that there "there are things that can be done" if he does not move in that direction.  

Feinstein, a former San Francisco mayor, serves on both the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence committees, which are investigating possible ties between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia's efforts to influence the outcome of the election.

The senator has been a frequent critic of the president, most recently criticizing Trump for pardoning former Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio, an act which she called a "flagrant disregard for the rule of law in this country."