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This Senate Republican is Challenging Trump to Adhere to Conservative Principles

Jeff Flake, who is up for reelection in 2018, has shown he’s not afraid to speak out about what he believes, even if that means challenging the president.

Jeff Flake

Sen. Jeff Flake’s (R-AZ) new book, “Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle,” takes aim at those in the Republican Party who Flake believes are veering away from the principles upon which the party was built.

In particular, Flake was critical of President Trump’s nationalistic agenda on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” which he says is not built on conservative values:

“The type of policies going forward — protectionism, isolationism — are really not conservative values,” Flake said. “And I’m concerned about where the party goes if we embrace those kind of principles.”

Flake also said that a conservative’s demeanor must remain “measured and sober and predictable”— especially when it comes to foreign policy issues.

“Our allies need to know that. We need to embrace our allies and recognize our adversaries,” Flake said. “Chaos is the last thing that our allies and adversaries need to be seeing. And I’m afraid they’re seeing too much of that.”

Flake also criticized Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, and warned the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions should “set off more alarm bells” about Trump’s comportment in office.