Flake: Obama and I stay in touch

Flake: Obama and I stay in touch
© Greg Nash

Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeSchumer recruiting top-notch candidate for McCain Senate seat The Hill's Morning Report — Trump eyes wall money options as shutdown hits 21 days Poll: Sanders most popular senator, Flake least MORE (R-Ariz.) said on Saturday that he has kept in touch with former President Obama.

Flake told “The Axe Files” host David Axelrod that he still talks with Obama and that the former president called him recently to make sure he was alright, apparently after the senator gave an impassioned speech announcing he would not seek reelection. 

During that speech, Flake heavily criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' MORE and said he would “no longer be complicit or silent” while the president continues his “reckless, outrageous and undignified” behavior.

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On Saturday, Flake complimented Obama for reaching out to him just before he left the White House.

"The last night he was in the White House, the day before inauguration he called just to say that he enjoyed working with me," Flake said. "And I certainly said the same. He didn't have to do that. It was very nice."

During his interview with the former Obama adviser, Flake said the Trump Cabinet meetings are “painful” to watch and said that the Republican Party is currently in a “bad place.”

“There's not much place for a Republican like me in a party like this right now,” Flake said.

He didn’t rule out running against Trump in 2020 and reiterated that he believes Trump will face a challenge "from the Republican Party.”