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Jeff Flake is preparing the primary challenge for President Trump?
Arizona senator and Trump critic makes appearance at “politics and eggs” event; Peter Doocy reports from Manchester, New Hampshire.
MANCHESTER, N. H. – retired Sen. Jeff Flake blasted President Trump as an “erratic leader” in a closely watched speech in New Hampshire on Friday, fueling further speculation that the Arizona Republican challenge to the President-the 2020 GOP primary.
Asked during a politics and eggs occurs in the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, whether he said the challenge trump in the year 2020, Flake, “it was not a candidate in my plans to run for President, but I don’t mind.”
But he stressed his belief that someone from his party is on trump in the GOP presidential primaries.
“I don’t know who it will be. I think the odds of me for too long,” he said.
Sen. Jeff Flake is one of the sharpest Republican critics of the President. The speaking series is a must for White house hopefuls visiting the first-in-the-nation primary state.
(Paul Steinhauser for Fox News)
Flake is one of the sharpest Republican critics of the President. The speaking series is a must for White house hopefuls visiting the first-in-the-nation primary state.
The conservative senator, with the retirement at the end of this year, rather than face the prospect of losing a Central challenge when he ran for re-election, described himself on Friday as “Americanus Nevertrumpus” and said: “someone needs to stand up to the traditional republicanism.”
Flake was also warned that “we need to get away from this brand of poisonous politics. The kind of poison that has the President swinging insults like a bad comic to a cheap roast.”
Flake, complained the Form of his party, the trump card.
“As a political movement, we are already heads lately have said,” Snowflake. “It’s like invasion of the body snatchers. What have we done with all the conservatives?”
But the senator promised “we are going to come by and when we do, it will repair a lot of work for the damage. It is a settlement is, as we have here, so that we may find never us here. It is an American recovery.”
Accuse trombone cosiness with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Flake said the United States should wink, “not to nod and eyes to dictators. And we would like to congratulate you for the good work you do in your programs of extrajudicial killings. We will host you in the Oval Office. Nor will we hesitate to punish for the attack on our elections.”
Flake described the President as someone who “exudes chaos and dotes on authoritarians.” He also accused him of replacing “the US state Department with Twitter” and said trump “lives in a Golden Palace when he is not in the White house.”
Sen. Jeff Flake said, “it was not a candidate in my plans to run for President, but I don’t mind.”
(Paul Steinhauser for Fox News)
Flake received a polite standing ovation at the end of his speech.
Flake was 12 years in the U.S. house before winning election to the Senate in 2012. He would be nominated to have a difficult battle to win-when he ran for re-election this year.
But Flake told Fox News after his speech, that the strong possibility of a primary defeat in this year in Arizona, does not negate his chances on the takeover of the President in the 2020 primaries.
“A victory in a primary in a state does not determine what you can do nationwide,” he said.
Flake added that a primary challenge against Trump is a longshot, but things could change would be, down the road.
“It is certainly difficult to find today. But if we continued to lose elections, as we saw, in Pennsylvania, a plus-20 Trumpf district, a Democrat. If the midterms prove to be on a similar path, then things will change quickly and I don’t think you can, of course, nothing about the next year and the coming year. It’s a long way,” he told reporters.
“It was not a candidate in my plans to run for President, but I don’t mind.”
– Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake
The White house announced this week that Trump to visit New Hampshire on Monday with an important political announcement on the opioid epidemic. The President, during his first visit to the granite state is choice, as on the eve of the 2016 election.
Asked by Fox News whether it was a coincidence that the President was in New Hampshire three days after his visit, Flake, replied: “I doubt that it has nothing to do with this visit.”
Trump is a convincing victory in the February 2016 New Hampshire GOP presidential primary gave him his first victory in the direction of winning the nomination and eventually the White house.
But two recent polls of New Hampshire Republicans identified that there is a growing appetite for a Central challenge.
Former New Hampshire GOP vice chair Matt Mayberry said that “we welcome all primary Challenger. Nobody gets a coronation. It is not a done deal.”
But conservative state representative David Bates of Windham said he didn’t think it was much of an appetite for a primary challenge, but it is acknowledged that “a lot can change. We are terrible early in the process.”
Bates said that Flake was the “whole message here is nothing, but criticism of Trump, in essence, and it is difficult to understand how he proposes to do the reconstruction of the Republican party nothing more than the introduction criticism of the leadership of the party now.”