WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Jeff Flake has a message for his party: Get a spine and stand up to President Donald Trump. It’s time for Congress to act as a brake on the president’s erratic impulses.
In a scolding book, Flake argues that his fellow Republicans are letting Trump lead the country away from conservative principles and staying silent as “the government of the United States has been made dysfunctional at the highest levels.”
As for Republicans controlling Congress, Flake warned in his new book, “Conscience of a Conservative,” that his party may be putting “at risk our institutions and our values” even as it faces the likelihood of scoring long-sought policy victories.
In the halls of the Senate on Tuesday, however, it didn’t seem as if Flake’s message was being heeded.
“My primary job is to work with the White House in the best interests of my constituents and the country, so I don’t really understand this argument that our job is to stand up to the president or to somehow oppose him,” said No. 2 Senate Republican John Cornyn of Texas.
“We’ve got challenges obviously when to try to get things done around here and we’ve got to be able to work with the administration in order to do that,” said Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., when asked to respond to Flake’s missive, most widely read as an except published by Politico Monday night. “So I think it’s fine that everybody has different opinions about where we are and where we need to go. He chose to express his and some members may choose not to express…
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