White House press secretary Sarah Sanders roasted Sen. Jeff Flake for his insulting rant against President Trump in a Senate floor speech.
The outgoing Arizona Republican slammed the president Wednesday. for his criticism of the media, comparing Trump to mass-murdering Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. And while Flake was immediately under fire for his remarks, the fact that his audience was made up of only one senator, Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin, and a handful of reporters was even more telling.
“Not too long ago, Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona took to the Senate floor to again denounce the president, this time likening him to Stalin in his approach toward the media, saying that he’s inspired dictators the world over,” Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts said at Wednesday’s press briefing, asking for the press secretary’s thoughts on the senator’s speech.
“I found it quite interesting that he is coming out to attack the president considering he’s the one that was recently defending an actually oppressive regime. He went to Cuba a few weeks ago and served as a mouthpiece for the oppressive Cuban government,” Sanders shot back, referring to Flake’s comments earlier this month that there is “no evidence” that the Cuban regime tried to harm U.S. diplomats.
Sen. Marco Rubio slammed his colleague’s remarks in a tweet, stating “It’s a documented FACT that 24 U.S. govt officials & spouses were victims of some sort of sophisticated attack while stationed in Havana.”
According to a report in Townhall last week:
Needless to add, while denouncing his government as liars last week, Senator Flake was (yet again!) on a red-carpet visit to Havana hosted by his Stalinist Cuban friends. Too bad a communist anti-aircraft gun wasn’t nearby–or Flake could have donned a communist helmet, hopped atop the seat, and posed for pictures while aiming it at imaginary U.S. planes during the Bay of Pigs.
The White House press secretary was having none of Flake’s attempts to get “some attention,” and suggested his attack was motivated by his low poll numbers.
“He’s not criticizing the President because he’s against oppression. He’s criticizing the President because he has terrible poll numbers.” Sanders said.
“And he is, I think, looking for some attention,” she continued. “I think it’s unfortunate, and certainly I think our position here at the White House is that we welcome access to the media every day. I’m standing right here taking questions. The president does so regularly, and to act as if we’re anything but open to that back and forth exchange is utterly ridiculous.”
Indeed, no one could complain about a lack of transparency in the Trump administration following the extremely detailed questions the press hurled at the president’s doctor following the report on his health exam results. Though liberals found a way to question even that news.
Flake, a long-time Trump critic who accused the president Wednesday of having “pernicious fantasies about rigged elections and voter fraud,” is not seeking re-election in 2018. Dr. Kelli Ward, who is hoping to replace the so-called Republican, denounced his speech as “appalling and an embarrassment to the state of Arizona.”
.@kelliwardaz on Sen @JeffFlake‘s rant against President Trump: “It’s really despicable that Jeff Flake used the privilege of the U.S. Senate floor to attack our President.” pic.twitter.com/oBCjTflzag
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