Flake blasts Trump over 'baffling, inexplicable attacks' on allies

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.) ripped President TrumpDonald John TrumpSasse: Trump shouldn't dignify Putin with Helsinki summit Top LGBT group projects message onto Presidential Palace in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit Hillary Clinton to Trump ahead of Putin summit: 'Do you know which team you play for?' MORE on Wednesday by saying his attacks against long-standing U.S. allies are "not normal" and are damaging the country's international standing.

"Baffling, inexplicable attacks on our closest allies by the administration one day and the appalling praise for perhaps the most brutal dictator on earth the next. These events are not normal," Flake said from the Senate floor.

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Flake's floor speech comes as Trump and GOP administration staffers have clashed publicly with Canada following the Group of Seven (G-7) summit. Trump left the meeting to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Flake added that concerns with allies shouldn't be addressed through "bellicose taunts or tweets."

"Consistently ridiculing our allies by suggesting that they are somehow abusing us while voicing admiration for despots and dictators represents a fundamental departure in behavior for American administrations," he added.