Trump Met With Potential Primary Opponents for Flake While in AZ
Is John McCain's Mini-Me in trouble in Arizona?
While there for his recent rally, President Trump got together with some Arizona Republicans who might be interested in trying to unseat Jeff Flake, the first-term junior senator from the state.
President Donald Trump huddled privately with potential Republican primary challengers to Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake before taking the stage in Phoenix on Tuesday night.
The backstage meeting included former state GOP chairman Robert Graham and state treasurer Jeff DeWit -- two candidates Trump has urged to consider opposing Flake -- as well as Rep. Trent Franks and Graham's 13-year-old daughter.Faith Graham posted a photo of the group on her Instagram account. The meeting was first reported by Politico.Two sources familiar with the meeting told CNN it was focused on ousting Flake -- who Trump calls "the flake."
Those sources also said Trump was surprised that his positive tweet last week about Kelli Ward, the former state senator who had already entered the race, was taken by some as an endorsement, and that Trump did not mean it as one. The President, according to the sources, has been persuaded that Ward -- who drew 39% support in her primary campaign against Sen. John McCain in 2016 -- is a weaker candidate than alternatives such as Graham or DeWit.