GOP senator: 'Too many unanswered questions’ to pledge Trump support
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Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Hillicon Valley: Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract in court | State antitrust investigation into Google expands | Intel agencies no longer collecting location data without warrant Senators introduce bipartisan bill restricting police use of facial recognition tech MORE (R-Utah), who backs Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzLawmakers spar over surveillance flight treaty with Russia Senators voice support for Iran protesters but stop short of taking action Prisons chief: FBI investigating whether 'criminal enterprise' played role in Epstein death MORE (R-Texas) for president, said Monday there are too many unknowns surrounding Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE to pledge supporting him as the GOP nominee.

“I haven’t, because there are too many unanswered questions,” he said on "The Charlie Sykes Show," as first reported by BuzzFeed.


“I would need to know where he stands on a number of issues,” Lee added. "Federalism, separation of powers, the fundamental purpose of government, how he reads enumerated powers of the federal government.

“I haven’t heard a lot of detail. In fact, I haven’t heard any detail from Donald Trump when it comes to any of those questions.”

Lee refused comment on whether he would back a third-party candidate who was more conservative than Trump.

“It’s too early to say that, and it is unnecessary, moreover,” he said. "Donald Trump’s not going to win this, Ted Cruz is. He can get there and I believe he will.”

Lee added that there is no mystery that Cruz would institute a more conservative brand of government if elected president.

“I think it’s been a very long time since we’ve had a chance to elect a president with such a sound understanding of the Constitution,” he said of Cruz. "It couldn’t come at a more timely moment in American history. This moment seems tailor-made for Ted Cruz."

Lee endorsed Cruz earlier this month, the first sitting Senator to back his freshman colleague's White House run.

"Ted is a leader with a proven record of fighting for our conservative values and for the issues that matter most to Americans," he said on March 10. "He has shown time and time again that he is willing to stand up to Washington."