White House Pressures Sen. Flake to Back Trump's Policies

Patrice Gainsbourg
Julho 17, 2017

U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) speaks to the media during a news conference at the Benjamin Franklin Library in Mexico City on November 22, 2016.

The White House has met with at least three people seen as primary challengers to Republican Arizona Sen. Flake is a Republican who refused to endorse the businessman during the 2016 election season.

President Trump and top administration officials are reportedly meeting with prospective primary challengers to Senator Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., one of the president's fiercest critics in Congress and a CR Top 25 RINO, Politico reports.

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Ward has announced her bid for Senate while DeWit and Graham are considering campaigns. White House officials have also talked to former state Sen. Flake has consistently voiced doubt as to whether the president can achieve his top legislative priorities like repealing Obamacare or constructing a wall on the southern border.

A spokesman for Flake noted to Politico that Flake had "voted with President Trump over 95 percent of the time this year" and backed some of Trump's biggest goals, such as Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's confirmation.

Citizens United President David Bossie, who was also Trump's deputy campaign manager, reportedly told Graham that either he or DeWit would likely get substantial backing from conservatives should either enter the race amid indications that GOP donors have also been upset with Flake for not giving Trump enough support. Last fall, Trump supposedly considered spending $10 million of his own money to defeat Flake.

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