WASHINGTON — President Trump continued his attacks on two retiring Republican senators on Wednesday, and said a recent meeting with lawmakers in his party was mostly a “love fest with standing ovations.”
Two of Mr. Trump’s early morning Twitter posts on Wednesday were about Senators Jeff Flake and Bob Corker, both Republicans, who have announced they would not run for re-election.
“They had zero chance of being elected,” Mr. Trump said. “Now act so hurt & wounded.”
Mr. Flake, of Arizona, announced his retirement on Tuesday. The senator, who has been outspoken against Mr. Trump for months, is the fourth prominent Republican to issue a stinging and recent rebuke against Mr. Trump’s presidency and style of governing.
Senate Republicans cannot afford to lose any support from their own party if they want to pass significant tax legislation that the president has promised for months.
Mr. Flake told CNN on Wednesday that he had decided not to run because he did not think he could be re-elected in a Republican primary race in Arizona. Mr. Flake would have faced Kelli Ward, a far-right former Arizona state senator.
“I couldn’t run the kind of race that I would be proud of and win in a Republican primary at this time,” Mr. Flake told CNN’s “New Day” on Wednesday. “The politics in that way has changed. You can be conservative on policy and it doesn’t matter, it seems, as much as being with the president or not criticizing him, even if you think he’s wrong.”
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