Sen. Jeff Flake downplays feud with President Trump

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But Republicans appear to be preparing for the president to attack a vulnerable U.S. senator in his own backyard.

Mike Shields, a Republican political commentator, said that media critiques questioning Trump's mental state after the speech played into the President's hands.

Kelli Ward, who is looking to unseat incumbent Sen. John McCain or Jeff Flake by name.

Trump has been publicly shaming Flake for a week straight. He has already held members' seats over their heads this year during the health care debate - and now is going notably further. The president didn't mention McCain or Flake by name, but it was obvious whom his beef was with, and the Arizona crowd knew. Dean Heller (NV) - are seats that Democrats have a real shot at picking off.

He insisting that he and Mr. Trump are not enemies and downplayed his concern over a pro-Trump primary challenger when he runs for reelection next year.

In defending his responses to the Charlottesville violence, Trump selectively omitted his reference to "many sides" or "both sides", comments he made that drew bipartisan condemnation for equating neo-Nazis with their counterprotesters.

As CNN reported, Flake told Georgia Public Broadcasting's "Political Rewind" on Wednesday that the president is now inviting a political opponent for the 2020 election.

At a Republican National Committee meeting outside of San Diego in May, David Bossie, Trump's deputy campaign manager and the president of the influential conservative outside group Citizens United, told Graham that either he or DeWit would likely get substantial backing from conservatives should either enter the contest, according to three people familiar with the conversation.
Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., in the GOP primary is featuring clips of President Donald Trump's recent rally in a new campaign ad.

"You don't serve Arizona by cutting backroom deals in Washington, DC".

"I think we need to drain the swamp", she said, using one of Trump's slogans. "Not to just fulfill a campaign promise of a wall". "It's going well. And what the president does, that's his prerogative", he said.

In case there was any doubt, Trump dropped his no-name directive in a Wednesday morning tweet: "Phoenix crowd last night was unbelievable - a packed house".

Flake also noted that "it doesn't make sense in certain areas, certainly in Arizona", due to property and other issues that could block the building of a wall.

"We saw two different presidents in the last two nights".

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