Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) made national news on Tuesday announcing his retirement from the Senate. He criticized President Trump and urged his colleagues to “stand up” to Trump’s “undignified” behavior.
On Wednesday during an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Flake would not rule out a run for president opposing the incumbent commander-in-chief.
“That’s a long time away, and we’ll deal with that when it comes to it,” Flake told Stephanopoulos. “I’m focused on my next 14 months in the Senate, making sure we get some good policy. There are some things I want to accomplish in the short term,” he said.
This vague response came one day after he ripped Trump from the Senate floor, calling his leadership “”reckless, outrageous and undignified.”
“Without fear of the consequences and without consideration of the rules of what is politically safe or palatable, we must stop pretending that the degradation of our politics and the conduct of some in our executive branch are normal,” the Arizona senator said.
Flake has been a continual critic of the president. He has not only drawn attention to what he perceives as poor leadership in interviews, he gave great detail to his concerns about the future of the Republican Party in his book, “Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle.”
Sen. Flake is now the second Republican critic of the president to announce that they won’t seek reelection, joining Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee.
The White House responded to Flakes retirement announcement positively. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the both Flake and Corker “were not likely to be reelected.”
You can watch a the clip from “Good Morning America” below. We look forward to seeing your thoughts about a potential presidential bid from Flake.
Credit: The Hill