Murkowski calls Mattis's rebuke of Trump true; many in GOP distance themselves from former defense secretaryWASHINGTON - In a major break with President Donald Trump, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowksi said Thursday that she is struggling over her support for her fellow Republican and praised former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis for a statement in which he accused Trump of trying to deliberately divide Americans. "I thought General Mattis's words were true and honest and necessary and overdue," Murkowski told reporters at the Capitol, adding that she had been "struggling" to find the right words to express her feelings about Trump's presidency. Her comments stood out among Republicans, who for most part either remained silent in the wake of Mattis's criticism, accused the media of trying to stir controversy or offered supportive words for Trump. The president on Wednesday attacked Mattis on Twitter after the Atlantic published the former secretary's extraordinary statement earlier in the day. In addition to saying that Trump "is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people," Mattis took exception to Trump's threats of military force on American streets and praised those demanding justice following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. Trump also faced criticism Wednesday from John Allen, a retired four-star Marine general who in a Foreign Policy op-ed lambasted the president for his threats to use the military on protesters and his controversial church photo op on Monday, writing that his actions "may well signal the beginning of the end of the American experiment." "When I saw General Mattis's comments yesterday, I felt like perhaps we're getting to the point where we can be more honest with the concerns that we might hold internally and have the courage of our own convictions to speak up," Murkowski said. "And so I'm working as one individual to form the right words,...