U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said at a town hall meeting this week that President Donald Trump has "a number of flaws" and he should spend more time in Washington, D.C.

Congressional Democrats have criticized the president for spending an inordinate amount of time at his Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Florida, but Ernst's comments suggest there is wider concern.

The freshman senator's remarks came at a town hall meeting in Sac County, in northwest Iowa, on Tuesday.

In response to a question about the president's trips to Florida and their cost, Ernst said Trump should spend more time in Washington, D.C., according to a video clip of the meeting, which was shown on CNN.

The senator said, "I think it's smart that he does business in Washington, D.C., so I've had those same concerns myself."

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

At another point, a questioner asked Ernst about how the president treats women and people with disabilities, which Democrat Hillary Clinton criticized Trump on repeatedly during the 2016 campaign.

In a video clip that aired on MSNBC, Ernst said: "I think that we have a president that has a number of flaws."

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She also said, "I support a majority of the policies versus the actual person."

Ernst's Twitter account posted a link to a Facebook video of the town hall meeting Tuesday, but it wasn't available Wednesday afternoon.

The senator, who was elected in 2014, supported Trump during the 2016 election and has praised him, such as for his pick of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.

Her office said Wednesday that she "very much supports the president" and that "folks would be hard pressed to find a perfect president."

Ernst, however, also has expressed some differences with Trump previously. She's called on him to release his tax returns and has said that he has not been tough enough with Russia.

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