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GOP senator knocks Trump: 'Not a fan of governing by tweet'

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is urging President Trump to tone down his rhetoric on North Korea, warning that "inflammatory" comments and "name calling" aren't helpful.  


"I am not a fan of governing by tweet. I'm just not, and I know that we're in a different world now and we communicate differently, but in my view there is a seriousness and a professionalism that comes with the executive," she told the Ketchikan Daily News in an interview published Saturday.


Murkowski added while she and Trump disagree on social media, and the president "is able to capture people's attention," some of the "inflammatory rhetoric and the name calling I don't think is constructive." 


Trump has stepped up his war of words with the isolated Asian country, including mocking leader Kim Jong Un as "Little Rocket Man," and warning that the regime "won't be around much longer" if it continues threats against the U.S.


"I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man," he tweeted on Sunday morning, using his preferred nickname for the North Korean leader. 


Trump enacted unprecedented sanctions last week that target banks around the globe that do business with North Korea. The move came after Congress passed new penalties of its own earlier this year. 


North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile earlier this year that experts warned could be able to reach Alaska. 


Murkowski's comments aren't the first time she has criticized the administration. In July she helped kill an ObamaCare repeal bill and she and GOP Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) joined with Democrats to vote against Betsy DeVos's nomination to be Education Secretary. 


She added to the Daily News that she is "worried" that the Republican Party is becoming too exclusive. 


"Well, I am (worried) in the sense that, as a party, I believe we have always been kind of broader and more inclusive of differing views across the spectrum," Murkowski said. "We seem to be more fractured within our party now than in the big-tent Ronald Reagan days." 

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