Flake: Obama and I stay in touch

Flake: Obama and I stay in touch
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Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeBernie Sanders to Trump: Firing Mueller 'an impeachable offense' Overnight Health Care: House passes .3T omnibus | Bill boosts funds for NIH, opioid treatment | Senators spar over ObamaCare fix | 'Right to Try' bill heads to the Senate The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Ariz.) said on Saturday that he has kept in touch with former President Obama.

Flake told “The Axe Files” host David Axelrod that he still talks with Obama and that the former president called him recently to make sure he was alright, apparently after the senator gave an impassioned speech announcing he would not seek reelection. 

During that speech, Flake heavily criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpScarborough mocks 'Deflection Don' over transgender troop ban Pelosi condemns Trump's 'cowardly, disgusting' ban on transgender troops Trump moves to ban most transgender people from serving in military MORE and said he would “no longer be complicit or silent” while the president continues his “reckless, outrageous and undignified” behavior.


On Saturday, Flake complimented Obama for reaching out to him just before he left the White House.

"The last night he was in the White House, the day before inauguration he called just to say that he enjoyed working with me," Flake said. "And I certainly said the same. He didn't have to do that. It was very nice."

During his interview with the former Obama adviser, Flake said the Trump Cabinet meetings are “painful” to watch and said that the Republican Party is currently in a “bad place.”

“There's not much place for a Republican like me in a party like this right now,” Flake said.

He didn’t rule out running against Trump in 2020 and reiterated that he believes Trump will face a challenge "from the Republican Party.”