When Donald Trump prepared to answer a question from Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) Thursday afternoon at a closed door meeting near Capitol Hill, he wasn't going to let Flake off the hook for being an outspoken critic of Trump's rhetoric and tone.
“You’ve been very critical of me," Trump said to Flake, according to a report from the Washington Post.
“Yes, I’m the other senator from Arizona — the one who didn’t get
captured — and I want to talk to you about statements like that,” Flake
said, the Post reported.
The exchange was just one of many relayed Thursday from participants in the meeting that painted a picture of a tough and tense meeting between senators trying to protect their party's future and the Republican Party's nominee who seems only concerned about his own poll numbers. During the same meeting, the Post reported that Trump said Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)– who has publicly opposed Trump–was a "loser."
"He's wrong," Kirk, who did not attend the meeting, told reporters later on Capitol Hill. "I've never been defeated in Illinois. I think Trump is gonna get a vote like Alan Keyes got, which was about 28 percent."
Flake declined to comment about his terse exchange with Trump.
"Nah. I'll just leave it," Flake said. "My position remains. I want to support the nominee I really do. I just can't support him given the things that he's said."
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