WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump couldn’t resist a direct dig on Wednesday at one of his most vocal Republican critics, Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, hours after speaking at a campaign rally in the lawmaker’s backyard.
During his wild, hour-plus rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night, which left some commentators wondering about his fitness for office, Trump refrained from singling out either of Arizona’s GOP senators by name while making clear his displeasure with them.
“Please, please Mr. President, don’t mention any names,’” Trump said, paraphrasing his aides. “So I won’t. I won’t. I will not mention any names ― very presidential. Very presidential, isn’t it? And nobody wants me to mention your other senator, who’s weak on the border.”
“Nobody knows who the hell he is,” he added, a clear reference to Flake. “And now, see I haven’t mentioned any names. So now, everybody’s happy.”
Trump had previously emphasized in his speech that the last-ditch GOP bid in late July to repeal the Affordable Care Act had failed by “one vote” ― an obvious reference to Sen. John McCain, who cast the vote that killed the bill.
Flake recently wrote a candid book in which he criticized his party for embracing Trump and argued that GOP lawmakers violated their conservative principles by supporting the bombastic businessman.
Flake, a former House member who won his Senate seat in 2012, also has urged his…
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