President Donald Trump can breathe a sigh of relief! Ardent anti-Trump former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has ruled out a 2020 primary challenge against the sitting president, opting for a contributor position with CBS News instead.
"I've always said that I do hope there is a Republican who challenges President Trump," said Flake. "That will not be me."
Flake admitted that "there really isn’t a path" for a Trump challenger on the Republican side, but added that he’s still hopeful for one.
"The RNC (Republican National Committee) and the president's campaign are now melded. They’re trying to do anything they can to squelch any opposition. I still hope that some, and some are still talking about, do run. I think that’s healthy, and I’m not a fan of this president. But that won’t be me."
NEW — “That won’t be me.” — Jeff Flake closes the door on a 2020 primary challenge to President Trump: pic.twitter.com/LCjsYiaaeB— J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) January 29, 2019
Flake has been anti-Trump since the beginning and it is probably that he will use his platform at CBS to continue to trash the president.
Shocked that Jeff flake who wouldn’t have come close to winning his home district isn’t going to run for president.— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 29, 2019
I thought he was a real contender🙄
Maybe try for dog catcher!