Flake blasts Trump over 'baffling, inexplicable attacks' on allies

Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeAnti-gun violence organization endorses Kelly's Senate bid Arpaio considering running for former sheriff job after Trump pardon Overnight Energy: Warren edges past Sanders in poll of climate-focused voters | Carbon tax shows new signs of life | Greens fuming at Trump plans for development at Bears Ears monument MORE (R-Ariz.) ripped President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE on Wednesday by saying his attacks against long-standing U.S. allies are "not normal" and are damaging the country's international standing.

"Baffling, inexplicable attacks on our closest allies by the administration one day and the appalling praise for perhaps the most brutal dictator on earth the next. These events are not normal," Flake said from the Senate floor.

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Flake's floor speech comes as Trump and GOP administration staffers have clashed publicly with Canada following the Group of Seven (G-7) summit. Trump left the meeting to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Flake added that concerns with allies shouldn't be addressed through "bellicose taunts or tweets."

"Consistently ridiculing our allies by suggesting that they are somehow abusing us while voicing admiration for despots and dictators represents a fundamental departure in behavior for American administrations," he added.