President Trump received a warm welcome upon his arrival to Maine.
However, one politician he will not be meeting is fellow Republican, Susan Collins, who is expected to be in a tough race to keep her seat this November.
Collins and Trump have had tensions throughout Trump’s term, with Collins siding with Democrats far more than most Republicans Senators, such as on the skinny repeal of Obamacare.
Per Salon, protesters will meet President Donald Trump on his Friday afternoon visit to Maine, but Senator Susan Collins, caught in the middle of a hotly contested re-election race this fall, will not.
Instead, the embattled Republican senator will be in Washington, where she has “several federal and non-federal events on her schedule,” a Collins spokeswoman told NBC News.
However, there is no Senate activity scheduled until Monday, June 8.
Trump will meet with commercial fishermen in Bangor, where protesters plan to stage a rally against his leadership amid unprecedented civil unrest, which has swept the nation in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the custody of Minneapolis police.
From there, the president will tour Puritan Medical Products, a plant which produces nasal swabs used in coronavirus test kits.
Collins’ spokeswoman said the senator “actually just visited Puritan Medical Products just last month, and she is proud of the work they are doing to combat COVID-19.”
Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat who recently polled at a 60% approval rating in the state, told Trump in a conference call this week that she was “very concerned” his arrival would elicit raucous protests which “may cause security problems.”
“I again ask the president to check his inflammatory rhetoric at the door and abandon the divisive language that sows seeds of distrust among our people,” the governor said in a statement Thursday. “I hope he will heed this call and appeal to the best in all people and lead us with courage and compassion through this difficult time.”
Collins’ decision to abstain from the visit comes as Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska., another moderate Republican often compared to Collins, sided with a statement from Gen. James Mattis which panned Trump for his authoritarian calls to mobilize the military against American citizens.
“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try,” Mattis said in a statement. “Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership.
Though Murkowski stopped short of cutting ties with Trump, she acknowledged that she was “struggling” with whether to endorse his re-election bid this November. In response, Trump tweeted that he would campaign for any candidate who challenges her 2022 re-election bid.
“If you have a pulse, I’m with you!” the president tweeted.