Trump slams Flake over hot-mic comments: Senator's career is 'toast'

Trump slams Flake over hot-mic comments: Senator's career is 'toast'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand urges opposition to Kavanaugh: Fight for abortion rights 'is now or never' Trump claims tariffs on foreign nations will rescue US steel industry: report Bannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report MORE on Sunday took aim at Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeGOP Senate candidate truncates Trump tweet in campaign mailer GOP senator reviving effort to rein in Trump on tariffs Hatch 'not comfortable' with Trump calling Omarosa a 'dog' MORE, blasting the Arizona Republican for comments he made about Trump on Saturday and claiming Flake's political career is "toast.”

In a tweet, Trump branded the senator "Jeff Flake(y)" and called him "unelectable." 

On Saturday, a live microphone picked up Flake warning that the Republican Party will be "toast" if it becomes the party of President Trump and GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore.

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"If we become the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast," Flake told his friend, Mesa Mayor John Giles, according to a recording picked up by a KNXV microphone.

The president has repeatedly and publicly aired his dislike of Flake, a vocal critic who refused to support Trump during the 2016 election.

The two have become entangled in Twitter war of words, slamming one another's policies.

Republicans, who have a two-seat majority in the Senate, are in the middle of pushing their tax-reform plan and other top legislative priorities before the year’s end.

Trump claims Flake, who announced last month that he would not seek reelection in 2018, will vote against the GOP's tax-reform proposal. Flake, however, has not publicly stated whether he will or will not support the measure.

Flake has also torn into his own party, accusing it of abandoning its core principles during a speech on the Senate floor.