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Top Republican Makes Shocking Claim About Trump

Though Donald Trump emerged from the 2016 election victorious, there remains an incredible sense of divide in the country when it comes to politics. The divide tends to exist between Republicans and Democrats; but, at times, even the Republicans have trouble stomaching Trump.

Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has released a new book entitled, 'Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle'. In the book, he talks much about the GOP returning to core principles. According to Flake, that's not the direction that President Donald Trump is taking the party.

Flake wrote an op-ed piece for Politico.com on Friday and did not hold back on how he felt about the president. "Who could blame the people who felt abandoned and ignored by the major parties for reaching in despair for a candidate who offered oversimplified answers to infinitely complex questions and managed to entertain them in the process? With hindsight, it is clear that we all but ensured the rise of Donald Trump," Flake began, before attempting to hold a mirror up to the Republican party.

The senator has long been a critic of President Trump, ever since the presidential campaign. Flake says the White House is in chaos, and Republicans in Congress aren't doing anything about it. "There was a time when the leadership of the Congress from both parties felt an institutional loyalty that would frequently create bonds across party lines in defense of congressional prerogatives in a unified front against the White House, regardless of the president’s party," he explains. "We do not have to go very far back to identify these exemplars—the Bob Doles and Howard Bakers and Richard Lugars of the Senate. Vigorous partisans, yes, but even more important, principled constitutional conservatives whose primary interest was in governing and making America truly great."

Flake's book is based on the 1960's book by Senator Barry Goldwater, 'The Conscience of a Conservative'. Goldwater wrote about 'The Soviet Menace', a problem which has come back to haunt America in 2017.

"Our forebears knew that 'keeping a Republic' meant, above all, keeping it safe from foreign transgressors; they knew that a people cannot live and work freely, and develop national institutions conducive to freedom, except in peace and with independence," wrote Goldwater.

Flake says we've taken those 'institutions conducive to freedom' for granted, and we've 'lost our appreciation for just how hard one and vulnerable' they are.

In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Flake said as an example, America has lost its way on Trade by withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and with the president threatening to pull out of The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). “As a whole, our whole world order…. after World War II was based on the notion that we benefit as a country when other countries benefit.”

"That doesn't seem to be what we're hearing from the administration," said the Bloomberg journalist.

"And that's unfortunate," notes Flake, "because that is very much still the case."

"Globalization has happened; there isn't an argument about that," Flake adds. "The question is, do we latch onto it, do we take advantage of it, or are we left behind by it?"

Flake believes that the way the U.S. has been pulling out of global deals, we're left behind.

In an interview with CBS's 'Face the Nation', Flake explains, "We have given into nativism and protectionism. And I think that, if we're going to be a governing party in the future, and a majority party, we have got to go back to traditional conservatism, limited government, economic freedom, individual responsibility, respect for free trade. Those are the principles that made us who we are."

Flake believes the U.S. has been on the track of 'intense nationalism and nativism and sometimes xenophobia'.

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