White House calls Flake’s retirement ‘a good move’ – Politico


The White House endorsed Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake’s decision Tuesday to not seek reelection in 2018, insisting Flake’s departure from Congress is “probably a good move.”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that she hadn’t spoken to President Donald Trump about Flake, who had announced his retirement from the Senate floor shortly before Sanders addressed the press in the briefing room.

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“I haven’t spoken with him directly since the announcement by Senator Flake, but I think that, based on previous statements and certainly based on the lack of support that he has from the people of Arizona, it’s probably a good move,” Sanders said.

Flake, a frequent critic of the president, denounced Trump and Trumpism in his remarks from the Senate floor, where he vowed to spend the remainder of his term standing up to Trump.

“Reckless, outrageous and undignified behavior has become excused as telling it like it is when it is actually just reckless, outrageous and undignified,” Flake said. “And when such behavior emanates from the top of our government, it is something else. It is dangerous to a democracy.”

“Mr. President, I rise today to say: Enough,” Flake added.

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