This afternoon President Trump insisted that there is “great unity” in the Republican party, before he went on to slam Sen. Jeff Flake.
Flake, of course, announced he’s not running for re-election and delivered a speech yesterday tearing into the president and Republicans who aren’t doing more to speak out against him.
He did say part of the issue in talking about GOP infighting is the fake news and “fake stories” coming out, but also said politics is a “tough business.”
Trump finally addressed Flake directly, saying he was against him before even knowing him, and bringing up the book the senator wrote this year denouncing Trump and Trumpism.
The president said that the first time he saw Flake on TV, “I said, ‘I assume he’s a Democrat.’”
The president then slammed Flake for his low approval numbers and said his decision not to run again was probably the smart thing to do.President Trump Press Conference 10/25/17: Fake Dossier Jeff Flake 401k. A few Quotes
President Trump: “I think the press makes me more uncivil than I am… I went to an Ivy League college… I’m a very intelligent person.”
President Trump: “When somebody says something about you that’s false, I think it’s always OK to counter-punch or to fight back.”
Trump on Russia dossier: “It was made up … Hillary Clinton always denied it. The Democrats always denied it”
President Trump: “We have actually great unity in the Republican Party.”
President Trump on Wednesday cited his Ivy League education in pushing back at the notion that he is an uncivil leader.
“You know people don’t understand, I went to an Ivy League college,” he told reporters at the White House. “I was a nice student. I did very well. I’m a very intelligent person.”
Trump blamed the media for making him look “more uncivil than I am.”
“I think the press creates a different image of Donald Trump than the real person,” he said.
In the past two weeks, Trump has feuded with a Gold Star widow who was offended by his comments during a condolence call.
He has also sparred with Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) who offered blistering criticism of the president’s conduct.
Corker said Trump’s inability to tell the truth has “debased the country.”
Without naming the president, Flake called his conduct “reckless, outrageous and undignified” in a floor speech announcing his retirement.
Trump has ripped both Flake and Corker, saying he thought the former was a Democrat and making fun of the latter’s short height.
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