A scathing send-off
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who has tangled with President Donald Trump for months, announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in 2018, declaring on the Senate floor that he “will no longer be complicit or silent” in the face of the president’s “reckless, outrageous and undignified” behavior.
Flake made his announcement in an extraordinary 17-minute speech in which he challenged not only the president but also his party’s leadership. He deplored “the casual undermining of our democratic ideals” and “the personal attacks, the threats against principles, freedoms and institutions, the flagrant disregard for truth and decency” that he said had become so prevalent in U.S. politics in the era of Trump.
Trump dismissed criticism by Flake, countering that the real reason he is retiring is because of unfavorable election odds, not dissatisfaction with the party’s standard-bearer.
From online and wire reports
Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake — along with a handful of other Republicans — has tussled with President Donald Trump this year and was targeted by Trump and his operatives in his reelection campaign. Flake joined recent Trump target Bob Corker, a Tennessee senator, in plans not to seek reelection.