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

President Trump mocked Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFive reasons why US faces chronic crisis at border Senate GOP faces retirement brain drain Former GOP lawmaker: Republican Party 'engulfed in lies and fear' 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.