Flake voices support for McConnell amid Trump attacks

Flake voices support for McConnell amid Trump attacks

Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeMcCain rips Trump for attacks on press Bipartisan group to introduce DACA bill in House Flake's anti-Trump speech will make a lot of noise, but not much sense MORE (R-Ariz.) tweeted his support for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE on Thursday as President Trump ratcheted up his criticism of the Kentucky Republican.

Flake said McConnell "does a tough job well," adding that the GOP leader has his support.

The Arizona lawmaker's tweet followed another from fellow GOP Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchKoch groups: Don't renew expired tax breaks in government funding bill Hatch tweets link to 'invisible' glasses after getting spotted removing pair that wasn't there DHS giving ‘active defense’ cyber tools to private sector, secretary says MORE (Utah), the most senior GOP senator, who defended McConnell as the best leader in the Senate during his 40 years in the chamber.

The show of support comes as McConnell faces a deluge of attacks from the president, who has blamed him in recent days for the failure to advance a bill repealing and replacing ObamaCare.

Trump appeared to threaten McConnell over the passage of healthcare legislation and other GOP priorities earlier Thursday when asked by reporters if the Kentucky senator should step down.

“If he doesn’t get repeal and replace done, and if he doesn’t get taxes done — meaning cuts and reform, and if he doesn’t get a very easy one to get done — infrastructure — if he doesn’t get them done, then you can ask me that question,” Trump responded.

Flake, a longtime critic of Trump, recently released a book criticizing the Republican Party for creating the conditions that led to Trump's rise. In recent interviews, he has stepped up his criticism, arguing that the GOP must speak out more against the White House.

“To carry on in the spring of 2017 as if what was happening was anything approaching normalcy required a determined suspension of critical faculties. And tremendous powers of denial,” Flake said in July.