Trump gathered with possible Flake challengers in Phoenix: report

Trump gathered with possible Flake challengers in Phoenix: report
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President Trump reportedly gathered with several possible primary challengers to 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.) on Tuesday, where he referred to the lawmaker as “the flake.” 

Politico on Wednesday reported that the former chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, Robert Graham, and State Treasurer Jeff DeWit, took part in the meeting. CNN also reported on the meeting, which it said was concentrated on unseating Flake.

Both reports say Rep. Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksArizona New Members 2019 Cook shifts 8 House races toward Dems Freedom Caucus members see openings in leadership MORE (R-Ariz.) was also present. 

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Trump on stage Tuesday night criticized both Flake and Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainAmerica's newest comedy troupe: House GOP Michelle Malkin knocks Cokie Roberts shortly after her death: 'One of the first guilty culprits of fake news' Arizona Democratic Party will hold vote to censure Sinema MORE (R-Ariz.), though he did not mention either Arizona lawmaker by name. Both have recently caught the president’s ire; Flake over his repeated criticism of Trump, and McCain for casting the deciding vote that killed a scaled-back repeal of ObamaCare last month. 

Flake already has one primary challenger, former state Sen. Kelli Ward, who has centered her campaign platform on being an ally to Trump’s agenda. 

“Nobody wants me to talk about your other senator, who is weak on borders, weak on crime, so I won't talk about him,” Trump said during the Tuesday night campaign-style rally in a veiled reference to Flake.

“Nobody wants me to talk about him. Nobody knows who the hell he is. And now see, I haven't mentioned any names. Very presidential.”