Flake to appear in New Hampshire in March

Flake to appear in New Hampshire in March
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Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake donates to Democratic sheriff being challenged by Arpaio in Arizona The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says US-China trade talks to resume, hails potential trade with Japan, UK Joe Arpaio to run for Maricopa County sheriff in 2020  MORE (R-Ariz.), a frequent critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Trump is failing on trade policy Trump holds call with Netanyahu to discuss possible US-Israel defense treaty MORE who recently announced his retirement, will visit New Hampshire next month, WMUR reported on Tuesday. 

Flake’s appearance in the state, which holds the nation's first presidential primary, will likely stoke speculation about a possible White House bid. 

He will appear at the annual "Politics and Eggs" event, organized by the New England Council and Saint Anselm College, which typically hosts prospective presidential candidates leading up to presidential primary seasons. Trump spoke at the event in January of 2014, before he declared his candidacy.

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When asked in December if he’s open to running for president in 2020, Flake told ABC, “I don’t rule anything out, but it’s not in my plans.” 

He did, however, acknowledge that if Trump sought reelection, the president would likely leave a “huge swath of a voters looking for something else.” 

Shortly after announcing his plans to retire last October, Flake delivered a speech on the Senate floor accusing Trump of “undermining our democratic norms and ideals.”

He later delivered another speech focused on Trump’s attacks on the press, in which the senator compared the president to Josef Stalin.