Trump gathered with possible Flake challengers in Phoenix: report

Trump gathered with possible Flake challengers in Phoenix: report
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President Trump reportedly gathered with several possible primary challengers to Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies for Putin summit: 'He’s not my enemy’ Overnight Defense: Fallout from tense NATO summit | Senators push to block ZTE deal in defense bill | Blackwater founder makes new pitch for mercenaries to run Afghan war On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Lawmakers demand answers from Mnuchin on tariffs | Fed chief lays out stakes of Trump trade war | Consumer prices rise at highest rate in six years | Feds to appeal AT&T merger ruling MORE (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday, where he referred to the lawmaker as “the flake.” 

Politico on Wednesday reported that the former chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, Robert Graham, and State Treasurer Jeff DeWit, took part in the meeting. CNN also reported on the meeting, which it said was concentrated on unseating Flake.

Both reports say Rep. Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksJordan weathering political storm, but headwinds remain Freedom Caucus bruised but unbowed in GOP primary fights Eric Schneiderman and #MeToo pose challenges for both parties MORE (R-Ariz.) was also present. 

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Trump on stage Tuesday night criticized both Flake and Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSenate Dems tell Trump: Don't meet with Putin one-on-one McConnell: Senate to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1 Overnight Defense: Fears rise over Trump-Putin summit | McCain presses Trump to hold Putin 'accountable' for hacking | Pentagon does damage control after NATO meet MORE (R-Ariz.), though he did not mention either Arizona lawmaker by name. Both have recently caught the president’s ire; Flake over his repeated criticism of Trump, and McCain for casting the deciding vote that killed a scaled-back repeal of ObamaCare last month. 

Flake already has one primary challenger, former state Sen. Kelli Ward, who has centered her campaign platform on being an ally to Trump’s agenda. 

“Nobody wants me to talk about your other senator, who is weak on borders, weak on crime, so I won't talk about him,” Trump said during the Tuesday night campaign-style rally in a veiled reference to Flake.

“Nobody wants me to talk about him. Nobody knows who the hell he is. And now see, I haven't mentioned any names. Very presidential.”