White House Has Met With Potential Flake Primary Challengers

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 17, 2017

Trump has reportedly spoken at least twice since taking office with Arizona State Treasurer Jeff DeWit, a top official on his 2016 campaign who is thinking about running for the Senate race.

Two anonymous sources who spoke to Politico and who the publication says are "familiar with the talks" said Trump has spoken with Arizona Republican state treasurer Jeff DeWit at least twice and that White House officials have had discussions with state Sen. Flake is a Republican who refused to endorse the businessman during the 2016 election season. David Bossie, Trump's deputy campaign manager and president of Citizens United, reportedly told Graham that either he or DeWit would receive widespread support from conservatives should either of them decide to challenge Flake. Kelli Ward - who previously challenged Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., unsuccessfully - and Arizona GOP Chairman Robert Graham. Jeff Flake in recent weeks, a sign of President Donald Trump's willingness to play hardball with congressmen who do not toe his line, Politico reported on Monday. John McCain (R-AZ) in his primary past year and has already announced a primary challenge to Flake, and met with potential primary challenger and former Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham, according to the report. Last fall, Trump supposedly considered spending $10 million of his own money to defeat Flake.

This is especially so, since such tactics would most likely increase tensions with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who recently has had several disagreements with the White House over political planning.

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