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26 August 2017, 01:21 | Nina Hammond

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Jeff Flake by name on Tuesday, he alluded to them during his rally.

He insisting that he and Mr. Trump are not enemies and downplayed his concern over a pro-Trump primary challenger when he runs for reelection next year.

That came on top of a $300,000 contribution to a pro-Ward super PAC from Robert Mercer, the GOP mega-donor who is closely aligned with Trump.

Trump ripped the Arizona senator during the brief meeting, calling him "the flake", according to three people who provided an account of the discussion. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., sees Trump's criticism of Flake as "an enormous mistake".

Flake, meanwhile, talked Trump on Fox News this week, and was asked why Trump didn't support him.

Cole also took issue with Trump's comment, "If we have to close down our government, we're building that wall" - an apparent threat in reference to his proposed wall on the US-Mexico border.

Apart from the cultural and political rhetoric that will reverberate for days after the wild rally, Trump also appeared to make several policy interventions that will alarm U.S. partners and could send economic shockwaves around the world.

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But his showing in Arizona made a mockery of some media assessments that at last the President had managed to measure up to conventional standards of presidential behavior.

Tuman noted, "I'm continuously surprised at his inability to put things aside" to further his agenda. The Democratic base looks like it's energized, which means it will be easier to fundraise, recruit good candidates, and get people out to vote.

Former California Gov. Pete Wilson, a Trump supporter, believes Trump and McConnell need to meet privately to air their grievances.

Democrats havesome factors in their favor going into the 2018 midterm elections.

"It's just not smart", Wilson said, for Trump and GOP leaders to spar when all should be focused on tax reform and immigration enforcement. "They're both big boys".

In response to Trump's tweets, Flake's campaign said they were not anxious about the possible primary challengers Trump could be negotiating withbehind the scenes.

At times, Trump even seemed to be mocking his own White House team, amid reports that Chief of Staff John Kelly has been trying to rein in his wilder instincts.

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