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Trump slams Flake over hot-mic comments: Senator's career is 'toast'

Trump slams Flake over hot-mic comments: Senator's career is 'toast'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE on Sunday took aim at Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeOn The Money: Treasury official charged with leaking info on ex-Trump advisers | Trump to seek 5 percent budget cut from Cabinet members | Mnuchin to decide by Thursday on attending Saudi conference Mnuchin to decide by Thursday whether to attend Saudi conference GOP senator: Not 'appropriate' for Mnuchin to go to Saudi conference MORE, blasting the Arizona Republican for comments he made about Trump on Saturday and claiming Flake's political career is "toast.”

In a tweet, Trump branded the senator "Jeff Flake(y)" and called him "unelectable." 

On Saturday, a live microphone picked up Flake warning that the Republican Party will be "toast" if it becomes the party of President Trump and GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore.

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"If we become the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast," Flake told his friend, Mesa Mayor John Giles, according to a recording picked up by a KNXV microphone.

The president has repeatedly and publicly aired his dislike of Flake, a vocal critic who refused to support Trump during the 2016 election.

The two have become entangled in Twitter war of words, slamming one another's policies.

Republicans, who have a two-seat majority in the Senate, are in the middle of pushing their tax-reform plan and other top legislative priorities before the year’s end.

Trump claims Flake, who announced last month that he would not seek reelection in 2018, will vote against the GOP's tax-reform proposal. Flake, however, has not publicly stated whether he will or will not support the measure.

Flake has also torn into his own party, accusing it of abandoning its core principles during a speech on the Senate floor.