Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsWelcome to ground zero of climate chaos A tale of two chambers: Trump's power holds in House, wanes in Senate Bipartisan blip: Infrastructure deal is last of its kind without systemic change MORE (R-Maine) on Thursday said she does not know if President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE knows the hardships of living "paycheck to paycheck," saying she isn't sure the president truly understands the effects of the ongoing shutdown on government workers.
In an appearance on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," Collins said she was "not sure" whether the president understood the kind of financial instability the thousands of federal workers who are furloughed or who reported to work this month without pay face in their personal lives.
"Well, there's plenty of blame to go around on this shutdown, but I'm not sure that the president fully understands what it's like to live paycheck to paycheck, as a lot of people in my state and elsewhere do," Collins said.
Collins also explained in the interview that she would support any bills to reopen the federal government, regardless of whether or not they met the White House's standard for funding of Trump's plans for a border wall. The president has demanded more than $5 billion for his wall for any measure to win his approval.
"I voted yes on both because my top priority is to reopen government," Collins said. "I'm for any reasonable plan to bring it [the shutdown] to an end."
The centrist Republican also appeared to take aim at Trump's reported plans to declare a national emergency in order to circumvent Congress on the funding, which she called "very dubious from a constitutional perspective."
Her comments come as the federal government shutdown stretches into its 35th day on Friday, as thousands of federal workers experienced their second missed paychecks.