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Flake: Obama and I stay in touch

Flake: Obama and I stay in touch
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Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeMnuchin pulls out of Saudi conference The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns On 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 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 TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US 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.”