Flake: Obama and I stay in touch

Flake: Obama and I stay in touch
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Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeThe Hill's 12:30 Report – Cohen says Trump knew payments were wrong | GOP in turmoil over Trump shutdown threat | Kyl to resign from Senate at year's end Overnight Defense: Senate bucks Trump with Yemen war vote, resolution calling crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi killing | House briefing on Saudi Arabia fails to move needle | Inhofe casts doubt on Space Force Flake asks Daily Show where he can get a blanket emblazoned with his 'meaningless tweets' 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 TrumpBiden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll The Memo: Cohen fans flames around Trump Memo Comey used to brief Trump on dossier released: report 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.”