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GOP senator defends Cheney, Murkowski after Trump rebuke

A GOP senator who opposed both impeachments of former President TrumpDonald TrumpFreedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report MORE said Sunday that he believes impeachment-supporting Republicans such as Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyFreedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' Kinzinger: Republicans who join 'America First' caucus should be stripped of committees McCarthy: GOP not the party of 'nativist dog whistles' MORE (R-Wyo.) still have a place in the party.

In an interview with Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddFauci fatigue sets in as top doc sows doubt in vaccine effectiveness Blinken warns it would be a 'serious mistake' for Taiwan's status to be changed 'by force' Blinken: China 'didn't do what it needed to do' in early stages of pandemic MORE on NBC's "Meet the Press," Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoSenate GOP to face off over earmarks next week Biden outreach on infrastructure met with Republican skepticism Sunday shows preview: Democrats eye passage of infrastructure bill; health experts warn of fourth coronavirus wave MORE (R-Wyo.) pushed back against Trump's call this week for Republicans to replace both Cheney and Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiModerates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Trump mocks Murkowski, Cheney election chances MORE (R-Alaska), the latter of whom the former president vowed to personally campaign against, while not addressing Trump's criticism.

"I want to always make sure we nominate somebody who can win in November. Lisa Murkowski knows Alaska better than anybody, and she's an incredible fighter for American energy. She hasn't made an announcement if she's even going to run again. If she does, I'm going to support her," Barrasso said.

"With regard to Liz Cheney in Wyoming, we work closely together fighting the Biden administration," he added of his fellow Wyoming lawmaker. 

"So, I support her. I disagree with her completely on the issue of impeachment. She voted one way. I voted the other," he continued.

His comments came in response to a statement the former president released this week after Murkowski broke with her party to vote for the confirmation of Rep. Deb HaalandDeb HaalandOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Interior says it isn't immediately reinstating coal leasing moratorium despite revoking Trump order | Haaland seeks to bolster environmental law targeted by Trump | Debate heats up over role of carbon offsets in Biden's 'net-zero' goal Haaland revokes a dozen Trump orders Haaland seeks to bolster environmental law targeted by Trump MORE (D-N.M.) to be President BidenJoe BidenFour members of Sikh community among victims in Indianapolis shooting Overnight Health: NIH reverses Trump's ban on fetal tissue research | Biden investing .7B to fight virus variants | CDC panel to meet again Friday on J&J On The Money: Moderates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats | Justice Dept. sues Trump ally Roger Stone for unpaid taxes MORE's Interior secretary. Trump promised to travel to Alaska personally and campaign against Murkowski in a a GOP primary.                

"I do not know where other people will be next year, but I know where I will be — in Alaska campaigning against a disloyal and very bad Senator," Trump said.

Trump's ire reportedly remains focused on Cheney as well due to her prominence as the only impeachment-supporting member of House GOP leadership.

A CNN investigation last month uncovered the president's efforts to encourage GOP leaders to remove Cheney from her leadership position while also pushing for primary challengers.