Trump mocks Flake, mentions 'standing ovation' for third time

President Trump mocked Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeCruz to get Nord Stream 2 vote as part of deal on Biden nominees Democrats threaten to play hardball over Cruz's blockade Rubio vows to slow-walk Biden's China, Spain ambassador nominees MORE (R-Ariz.) for criticizing him, writing in a tweet that the retiring senator has just an 18 percent approval rating and that his other GOP colleagues gave Trump a standing ovation on Tuesday.

 

Trump offered the tweet a day after Flake shocked the Senate by announcing his retirement. The senator then gave a lengthy floor speech that criticized Trump's behavior and leadership without naming the president. Flake argued that too many in his party were complicit in Trump's behavior.

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In a television interview on CNN Wednesday morning, Flake said a number of his GOP colleagues in the Senate had expressed concern about Trump's behavior and leadership. 

This is the third time Trump has tweeted about getting a "standing ovation" from the GOP senators during their Tuesday lunch.