WATCH: Trump's call for earmarks "crazy talk," GOP Sen says

President Trump's support for restoring congressional earmarks is drawing resistance from those in his own party. 

“Maybe we should think about it,” Trump told a bipartisan group of lawmakers at the White House on Tuesday. “Maybe all of you should think about going back to a form of earmarks. You should do it."

But GOP Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeThe Hill's 12:30 Report: House managers to begin opening arguments on day two Flake: Republicans don't speak out against Trump 'because they want to keep their jobs' GOP senator calls CNN reporter a 'liberal hack' when asked about Parnas materials MORE (Ariz.), who has openly criticized Trump in the past, quickly dismissed the idea of allowing lawmakers to fund pet projects within large spending bills.


"That’s crazy talk — that’s just — we shouldn’t do it," Flake, who is retiring from the Senate after this year, said. "That is the swampiest thing that anybody could talk about [in] Washington if you’re talking about draining the swamp — you’re putting a firehose and refilling it there.” 

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenators press DHS over visa approval for Pensacola naval base shooter Lawmaker wants Chinese news outlet to register as foreign agent Apple under pressure to unlock Pensacola shooter's phones MORE (R-Fla.), a former presidential contender who ran on a platform against earmark spending, says reintroducing the process won't help Congress bridge political divides. 

Asked if he thought earmarks would make it easier to strike deals, as Trump suggested, Rubio said “No, no, I don't. I don't want to have earmark spending." 

Still, fellow GOP Senator Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerRNC says ex-Trump ambassador nominee's efforts 'to link future contributions to an official action' were 'inappropriate' Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing MORE (Tenn.) — who warned against reintroducing the earmark system as it was used previously — said "maybe there's a way to change the way that it’s done" but until that point it's "not an appropriate way to do business here." 

Watch the video above to hear the senators in their own words.