Private Talks With Obama

PUBLISHED: 9:15 PM 5 Mar 2018
UPDATED: 9:59 PM 5 Mar 2018

Top GOP Lawmaker Says He Keeps In Touch With Obama

Jeff Flake said he keeps in touch with the former president.

Flake admits he speaks with Obama.

Sen. Jeff Flake said he has remained in close contact with former President Barack Obama and that they often have private conversations about the Republican Party being in a “bad place.”

The Arizona Republican remaining close with Obama won’t surprise many as it is apparent he opposes President Donald Trump and his agenda.

During an interview last Saturday with David Axelrod on his podcast “The Axe Files,” Flake admitted to remaining in contact with Obama well after he left the White House.

“We talk,” Flake said to Axelrod, a former senior adviser to Obama.

“He called me after the shooting to make sure I was alright after I gave my speech,” Flake said.

Flake didn’t specify which shooting or speech he was referring to, but it was likely one he gave on Capitol Hill in October 2017 following the Las Vegas shooting.

During that speech, Flake trashed Trump, called for stringent gun control measures, and announced he wouldn’t seek re-election in 2018.

With a speech like that against his own party and president, it’s no wonder Obama reached out to Flake and wanted to work with him on liberal issues.

The interview with Axelrod was conducted in Flake’s office, where it was revealed that the senator has a photograph on display of his family with Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

The photo was also signed by Obama, which Flake had on full display in his office for everyone to see.

“The last night he was in the White House, the day before inauguration he called just to say that he enjoyed working with me,” Flake said. “And I certainly said the same. He didn’t have to do that. It was very nice.”

When he wasn’t fawning over his friendship with Obama, Flake said the GOP is in a “bad place” with Trump in the White House.

When asked about challenging Trump in the 2020 presidential election, Flake said he wouldn’t rule anything out.

“I wouldn’t swear it off,” Flake said.

Flake is a Never-Trumper and often sides with liberals on policy, but his admitted friendship with Obama speaks volumes.

As his final term in office nears an end, Flake will soon have even more time to have phone conversations with his buddy on passing liberal policies and opposing Trump.

Source: Washington Examiner