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 FlakePoll: More voters oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination than support it Ford opens door to testifying next week Police arrest nearly two dozen Kavanaugh protesters MORE (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday took a swipe at President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE after the president suggested Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — GOP again has momentum on Kavanaugh rollercoaster Arizona race becomes Senate GOP’s ‘firewall’ Election Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls 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 MooreGAO investigating after employee featured in Project Veritas video Roy Moore dismisses Kavanaugh accusation: 'So obvious' when claims come 'just days before a very important event' DOJ looking into 'concerning' behavior by employee in Project Veritas video 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.