Republican Sen. Joni Ernst: Trump's Mar-a-Lago trips have been 'bothering' GOP caucus


Republican Sen. Joni Ernst spoke candidly about the president at a town hall on Tuesday, saying the president has "a number of flaws."

The senator spoke from her home state at a town hall in Wall Lake, Iowa on Tuesday, and was met with criticism when asked how she can support "a man that treats women the way Donald Trump does."

"Would you say they're character flaws?" Ernst responded. "I think he has a number of—I think we have a president who has a number of flaws—I support a majority of the policies versus the actual person."

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Ernst also took the opportunity to call out Trump's frequent visits to his Florida Mar-a-Lago resort, saying she thinks it's "smart" that he do business in the nation's capital.

"I do wish he would spend more time in Washington, D.C. That is what we have the White House for," said Ernst. "We would love to see more of those State Department visits in Washington D.C."

"I have not spoken to him about the Florida issue yet, but that is something I think has been bothering not just me, but I think other members of our caucus," Ernst continued. "So I think that is going to be a conversation that we have when we get back to Washington D.C."

Trump again spent a weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort last weekend, making it his seventh stay in the 13 weekends since he assumed office.