Hot Mic Catches Senators on 'Crazy' Trump, 'Huge' Lawmaker
'He's so unattractive it's unbelievable'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2017 2:39 PM CDT
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is surrounded by reporters as she arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, before a test vote on the Republican health care bill.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – "I don't mean to be unkind, but he's so unattractive it's unbelievable," Republican Sen. Susan Collins said Tuesday. Collins was caught on a hot mic discussing Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold after a Senate subcommittee hearing. Last week, Farenthold blamed "female senators" for defeating the GOP health care bill, Business Insider reports. Farenthold said that if they were men, he'd challenge them to a duel. According to the Hill, Collins has been one of the most outspoken Republican opponents of the bill. On Tuesday's hot mic, which Collins had failed to turn off, she called Farenthold "huge" and referenced a photo of him in his pajamas posing with a Playboy bunny. Democratic Sen. Jack Reed was caught on the mic telling Collins she "could beat the s--- out of" Farenthold.

The hot mic also caught Collins and Reed discussing the upcoming budget battle and the unpreparedness of President Trump, the Washington Post reports. Collins said she's "worried" about Trump and the possibility the government will be "paralyzed" when no budget deal can be reached. "I think he's crazy," Reed said, apparently about Trump, adding, "I don't say that lightly." Collins called the Trump administration's handling of the federal budget "incredibly irresponsible." She said it seems like whenever the budget includes the word "grant," the administration would "just X it out with no measurement, no thinking about it, no metrics, no nothing."

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