GOP Senator Won’t Endorse Trump

( – A Republican senator has recently stated that she will not endorse former President Trump, even if he secures the Republican Party’s nomination for president.

Senator Susan Collins of Maine, a pivotal Republican figure on the Senate Appropriations Committee says that her position comes amidst a growing trend of GOP senators rallying behind Trump’s campaign.

Collins, when asked about the possibility of endorsing Trump should he win the nomination, responded, “I do not at this point.” Her stance is notable given her role as one of the seven Senate Republicans who voted to convict Trump on the charge of inciting insurrection during his second Senate trial in 2021.

Expressing her views on the Republican presidential race, Collins showed optimism about former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s prospects. Despite Haley’s 11-point loss to Trump in the New Hampshire primary, Collins remarked, “I’m glad to hear last night that Nikki Haley is determined to stay in [the race.] I think the more people see of her, particularly since she appears to be the only alternative to Donald Trump right now, the more impressed they will be.”

Collins explained her decision not to formally endorse Haley at the start of the race, citing her friendly relations with other candidates like former Vice President Mike Pence, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, and Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), in addition to Haley.

Her role in Congress has often placed her at odds with Trump’s policies. Collins was instrumental in crafting the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill passed in 2021, which Trump opposed. She also was one of three Republican senators who voted against Trump’s effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act in 2017.

Collins’ remarks come as more GOP senators, such as Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, begin to support Trump’s 2024 campaign. Cornyn, after the New Hampshire primary results, declared his intention to align with the majority of Republican voters.

He stated, “I have seen enough. To beat Biden, Republicans need to unite around a single candidate, and it’s clear that President Trump is Republican voters’ choice.” In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Cornyn committed to working towards electing a Republican Senate majority and supporting Trump in the upcoming election.