John Cornyn becomes the latest Senate Republican to ramp up criticism of Trump

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) at Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing on October 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. | Tom Williams/Pool/Getty Images

Cornyn is among the lawmakers campaigning for reelection who have signaled distance from the president.

Texas Sen. John Cornyn is among a growing number of Senate Republicans who’ve begun to highlight their disagreements with President Donald Trump amid surprisingly competitive reelection races.

“When I have had differences of opinion, which I have, [I] do that privately,” Cornyn said in an interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial board released on Sunday, claiming that he’s previously clashed with Trump on border security and budget deficits. Cornyn’s interview comes shortly after leaked audio captured Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) criticizing Trump in a conversation with constituents this week.

“I don’t think the way he’s led through Covid has been reasonable or responsible or right,” Sasse said in audio obtained by the Washington Examiner. “The United States now regularly sells out our allies under his leadership, the way he treats women, spends like a drunken sailor.”

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