BIDDEFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - It's been an ongoing battle between two members of the same party - Maine Senator Susan Collins and President Donald Trump.
From the time she announced she wouldn't vote for him, to her multiple votes against his cabinet appointees and healthcare proposals - it's been a rocky ride. But it appeared the Senator was getting cozier with at least one member of the Trump family today - right here in Maine, too.
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“It’s my pleasure to welcome Ivanka Trump to great state of Maine,” said Senator Collins, introducing Trump to the crowd at Volk Packaging in Biddeford.
Speaking about tax reform - Senator Collins and first daughter Ivanka Trump were full of praise for one another.
“Ivanka is an accomplished businesswoman, devoted mother of three, and key advisor to the president,” said Senator Collins. “We're going to get [tax reform] done, and in large part because we have great champions like Senator Collins,” said Trump.
Collins's chief of staff told NEWS CENTER that the two have spent time getting to know each other recently. “[I] have had many good discussions and have found her to be such a passionate advocate for working families, for women, and children,” Collins told the crowd.
So could this mean Senator Collins is extending the olive branch - gearing up to work with President Trump? Boothbay resident Dawn Gilbert hopes so.
“I was so happy,” she said. “It sounds like Susan our senator is going to work with the President on this big tax reform. I'm so happy to see that. As a matter of fact, I was kind of surprised today.”
NEWS CENTER wasn’t able to ask the senator herself, because she wasn't talking to the media after the event.