Sep 3, 2017

Flake: "Nobody ought to support" a physical border wall

Sen. Jeff Flake said "nobody ought to support" a physical wall along the U.S.-Mexico border on CNN's "State of the Union" when asked whether he'd support congressional funding for President Trump's wall in exchange for keeping protections for "DREAMers" in place.

  • On criticism from the president: "The people in Arizona tend to elect independent-minded, principled senators: Barry Goldwater, John McCain. I think the voters here expect me to have my own franchise, to represent them, not be a rubber stamp for the president, so I'm quite comfortable being where I am."
  • On Trump's foreign policy leadership: "I've had my concerns, I think everyone has, at some of the statements that have been made by the president with regards to NATO and other areas in foreign policy ... We want somebody who is measured and sober and consistent and conservative in this regard."
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