Trump: Jeff Flake had 'zero chance' of being re-elected to Senate

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake announced Tuesday that he won't run for re-election in 2018, citing the current political climate.

WASHINGTON – Brushing aside criticism from Republican Sens. Jeff Flake and Bob Corker, President Trump on Wednesday claimed he had a great meeting with the rest of the GOP caucus – even calling it a "love fest."

He also took to Twitter to call out Flake and Corker saying they had "zero chance" of being re-elected.

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"The meeting with Republican Senators yesterday, outside of Flake and Corker, was a love fest with standing ovations and great ideas for USA!" Trump tweeted a day after he attended a lunch with them on Capitol Hill.

The president also tweeted some choice words for his critics: "The reason Flake and Corker dropped out of the Senate race is very simple, they had zero chance of being elected. Now act so hurt & wounded!"

Followed by another jab at Sen. Flake.

Just hours before that lunch, Corker described the president as "utterly untruthful."

And after the lunch, Flake announced he was not seeking re-election to his seat from Arizona and, while not mentioning Trump by name, delivered a blistering speech  criticizing his leadership.

READ: Sen. Jeff Flake's full statement about why he won't seek re-election

"We must never meekly accept the daily sundering of our country – the personal attacks, the threats against principles, freedoms, and institutions, the flagrant disregard for truth or decency, the reckless provocations, most often for the pettiest and most personal reasons," Flake said.

Flake happened to be on CNN when Trump tweeted on Wednesday.

"When the president is wrong you need to call him out and say he's wrong," the Arizona senator said. "A lot of my colleagues share the concerns I raised on the floor yesterday."

Contributing: John Bacon

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