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Trump’s troubles with high-profile Republicans magnifies

The senator also launched an extraordinary attack against Trump 

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ARIZONA, U.S. - Joining other high-profile Republican politicians like Senators Bob Corker and John McCain, on Tuesday, Republican Senator from Arizona, Jeff Flake locked horns with President Donald Trump after announcing his retirement.  

The Arizona senator joined a list of high-profile Republicans who have opted to retire amid the turmoil of Trump’s presidency.

The senator also launched an extraordinary attack against Trump and the “complicity” of the Republican party while announcing his decision to leave the Senate.
Flake has been one of the key Republican critic of Trump and said in a statement on Tuesday that he was retiring at the end of his term in 2018 because there was no room for him in the party under the current president’s stewardship. 

Delivering an emotional appeal from the Senate floor against the state of affairs under Trump, Flake expressed regret that his Republican colleagues had “given in or given up on core principles in favor of a more viscerally satisfying anger and resentment.”

Flake pointed out, “It is time for our complicity and our accommodation for the unacceptable to end. There are times when we must risk our careers in favor of our principles. Now is such a time.”

He added, “We must never allow ourselves to lapse into thinking that that is just the way things are now. We must stop pretending that the degradation of our politics and the conduct of some in our executive branch are normal.”

Further lashing out, he said, “Reckless, outrageous, and undignified behavior has become excused and countenanced as ‘telling it like it is’ when it is actually just reckless, outrageous, and undignified.”

He added that such behavior was “dangerous to our democracy” and projected not strength but a “corruption of the spirit.”

Later, he asked his colleagues, “When the next generation asks us, why didn’t you do something? Why didn’t you speak up? What are we going to say?”

Flake also added, “The alliances and agreements that ensure the stability of the entire world are routinely threatened by the level of thought that goes into 140 characters. Would we Republicans meekly accept such behavior on display from dominant Democrats? Of course we wouldn’t. And we would be wrong if we did.”

He said, “When we remain silent and fail to act ... because of political considerations, because we might make enemies, because we might alienate the base. We dishonor our principles and forsake our obligations.”

Flake was one of the few Republican senators who declined to endorse Trump during the 2016 presidential election. 

Flake’s outburst comes after other high-profile Republicans have jumped ship in recent months amid the turmoil of Trump’s presidency. 

Trump’s bitter feud with the chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee, Bob Corker, reached new heights on Tuesday.

The President has been engaged in a war of words with the top Republican ever since he declared his retirement last month.

Ahead of a meeting between the president and Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, hours before Flake’s announcement, Trump’s war of words with Corker escalated in unprecedented fashion. 

Speaking in an interview with NBC, Corker branded Trump as an “utterly untruthful president.”

In a separate interview, Corker went even further, stating of the president, “I don’t know why he lowers himself to such a low, low standard and debases our country in that way but he does.”

In recent months, several prominent Republicans have spoken out against so-called “Trumpism.” 

Last week, McCain, who represents Arizona alongside Flake in the Senate, denounced “half-baked, spurious nationalism” in a speech that also decried the abdication of U.S. leadership on the global stage. 

After his comments, former U.S. President George W Bush condemned bigotry while declaring American politics “more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.”

Later on Tuesday, the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders dubbed Flake’s decision as “a good move” while telling reporters his remarks were not “befitting of the Senate floor.”

Addressing reporters at the daily White House briefing, Sanders dismissed Flake and Corker’s comments from earlier in the day. 

She said, “Look, I think the voters of these individual Senators’ states are speaking in pretty loud volumes. I think they were not likely to be re-elected and I think that shows the support is more behind this president than it is those two individuals.”

In August, Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, declared war on the Republican establishment after leaving the White House.

He attacked incumbents perceived by the base as insufficient in their support of the president’s agenda. 

 

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