Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) listens as President Trump speaks before hosting a lunch with Senate Republicans. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

President Trump boasted of the "unity" within the Republican party during a lunch with GOP senators Tuesday. He was seated beside Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who has condemned the "flagrant disregard of truth and decency" of politics in the Trump era and urged his colleagues against "complicity" with the president. Trump's quote:

"There is a great spirit in the Republican party like I've never seen before, like a lot of people say they've never seen before," said Trump. "They've never seen anything like this, the unity."

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  • On choosing to take the tax bill to conference: "We had a choice, we could've gone directly for a vote and we decided let's put it into the conference and let's come out with something where everting is perfecto."

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China says U.S. is "endangering peace" with high-level visit to Taiwan

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar during a June briefing in Washington, DC. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced Tuesday night he will lead a delegation to Taiwan "in the coming days."

Why it matters: It's the highest-level visit by a U.S. cabinet official to Taiwan since 1979. Azar is also the first U.S. Cabinet member to visit the island state in six years. The visit has angered China, which views Taiwan as part of its territory. Chinese officials accused the U.S. early Wednesday of "endangering peace" with the visit, AFP reports.

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At least 100 killed, 4,000 injured after massive explosion rocks Beirut

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A major explosion has slammed central Beirut, Lebanon, damaging buildings as far as several miles away and injuring scores of people.

Driving the news: At least 100 people have been killed and over 4,000 injured in the blast — and the death toll is likely to rise, the Lebanese Red Cross said, per AP. Prime Minister Hassan Diab said the explosions occurred at a warehouse that had been storing 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate for the past six years.