Trump All But Dares Jeff Flake to Vote No on Tax Bill

The incident happened after a town hall meeting in Mesa on Friday morning

"He apparently didn't know the microphone attached to his lapel was still on when he said, "(If we) become the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast".

Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore Flake on Moore defenders: "This can not be who we are" GOP senators raise concerns over tax plan MORE (R-Ariz.) has yet to make a decision on the upper chamber's tax reform legislation, despite President Trump's Sunday prediction that Flake will vote against the bill.

Flake later said that his comments weren't news, because "I've been saying this to anyone who will listen".

While Mr Trump has been quick to hit back against Republicans who criticise him, he has been notably silent on the controversies surrounding Mr Moore.

Senate Republicans, who are hoping to rush through a massive tax reform package the week after Thanksgiving, can only lose two votes and still pass the bill.

President Donald Trump has a new nickname for Sen. The President also suggested Flake would vote against the Republican tax cut legislation, though the senator has not come out against the bill. "How he votes on it will have nothing to do with the President".

Trump is a frequent opponent for Flake, who announced last month he would not seek re-election in 2018 in a fiery speech condemning the president from the floor of the Senate.

Flake has made a habit of openly attacking the leader of his party.

Mr Flake is among the Senate's Republican advocates for comprehensive immigration reform, and he is a faithful defender of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which the President has threatened to withdraw from unless Canada and Mexico agree to significant alterations of the accord.

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