Flake fires back at Trump: I never endorsed McSally, but I did endorse Doug Jones

Flake fires back at Trump: I never endorsed McSally, but I did endorse Doug Jones
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Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Live coverage: Trump delivers State of the Union Sasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger MORE (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday took a swipe at President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE after the president suggested Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyArmy calls base housing hazards 'unconscionable,' details steps to protect families Poll shows McSally, Kelly tied in Arizona Senate race Mark Kelly's campaign raises over M in days after launching Senate bid MORE (R-Ariz.) overcame Flake's endorsement to win her primary on Tuesday night.

"Sorry, @realDonaldTrump. I made no endorsement in this race. I think the last endorsement I made was in the Alabama race," Flake said, referencing his support of Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.).

Flake attached a photo of a check he donated to Jones's campaign. Flake broke with Trump, who backed former judge Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreRepublican state official faces pushback for comments on Sinema's attire Hillicon Valley: Dem blasts groups behind Senate campaign disinformation effort | FCC chief declines to give briefing on location-data sales | Ocasio-Cortez tops lawmakers on social media | Trump officials to ease drone rules Domestic influence campaigns borrow from Russia’s playbook MORE in the race despite allegations of sexual misconduct.


Flake did not formally endorse McSally in the GOP primary in Arizona, where three candidates vied for the chance to replace him in the Senate. He told reporters he "hoped" McSally would win, arguing she represented the best chance at victory in November.

Trump wrote in a tweet congratulating McSally on her victory that she turned down Flake's endorsement.

"Martha McSally, running in the Arizona Primary for U.S. Senate, was endorsed by rejected Senator Jeff Flake....and turned it down - a first! Now Martha, a great U.S. Military fighter jet pilot and highly respected member of Congress, WINS BIG. Congratulations, and on to November!" Trump tweeted.

Flake, who announced last October he intended to retire at the end of his term, has been one of Trump's most outspoken Republican critics, prompting speculation he may challenge Trump in a Republican primary in 2020.

Flake has not ruled out a potential presidential run.