Trump gets in digs at both Arizona senators without naming names

Trump gets in digs at both Arizona senators without naming names”

"But that's the President's prerogative".

The backstage meeting included former state GOP chairman Robert Graham and state treasurer Jeff DeWit - two candidates Trump has urged to consider opposing Flake - as well as Rep. Trent Franks and Graham's 13-year-old daughter.

But the president wasn't done there: He also put the entire party on notice.

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".

Mr. Flake has been an outspoken critic of Mr. Trump since the 2016 presidential race and recently penned a book, "Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle", that warns Mr. Trump's brand of populism threats to destroy the conservative movement and Republican Party.

Trump also discussed the potential for a primary challenge to Flake and told [state Treasurer Jeff] DeWit and [former state GOP Chairman Robert] Graham, both of whom have aligned with the president, to get back to him about their interest in running.

Earlier this month, Trump tweeted praise for one of Flake's primary challengers, Dr. Kelli Ward, and called Flake "toxic".

Flake told reporters at an Arizona Chamber of Commerce breakfast this week that he's not fretting too much about what Trump says. He saw the president "trying to preserve his image as an outsider by criticizing specific lawmakers for inaction by Congress" - in an effort that is counterproductive. We have Democrats that could vote with us on a number of things. So if it stays around there, we should expect a rough result for him in the midterms.

Even so, Trump is making life very hard for incumbent Republicans. Heller for coming out against the health bill - reportedly with the White House's blessing, according to a report from the New York Times.

Trump can not afford to lose any of the 52 Republican votes in the Senate on future legislation, as happened with health care.

The New York Times reported this week that Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are feuding bitterly, if privately, save for the occasional tweet.

It's not far-fetched to think America First might simply be taking cues from the president himself, given that he's publicly threatening members' seats in upcoming congressional elections if they voted against him.

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