Tensions among Republicans about President Donald Trump boiled over on Tuesday as two senators accused Trump of debasing U.S. politics and the country's standing abroad, a rebellion that could portend trouble for his legislative agenda.
They're on their way out, and they're not holding back -- two retiring Republican senators unload on President Trump on a day that was supposed to be about party unity and tax reform.
One Republican senator is all but calling Trump a liar on national television and another one is calling him reckless, outrageous, and undignified from the floor of the U.S. Senate -- all this on a day when Trump came to Capitol Hill for lunch in a bid to build momentum for his tax plan. But his visit seemed to have the opposite effect -- the party's divisions on display more than ever, raising questions about whether the chaos and finger pointing will derail their overhaul of the nation's tax code. Less than an hour after Trump broke bread with Republicans in the Senate.. Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake dropped a bombshell ...announcing he would not run for re-election -- and delivered a blistering and critique of Trump, using language that is rarely heard in the Senate.
SENATOR JEFF FLAKE, ARIZONA REPUBLICAN, SAYING: "The notion that one should stay silent as the norms and values that keep America strong are undermined and as the alliances and agreements that ensure the stability of the entire world are routinely threatened by the level of thought that goes into 140 characters - the notion that one should say and do nothing in the face of such mercurial behavior is ahistoric and, I believe, profoundly misguided."
Flake's thunderbolt came hours after Senator Bob Corker shook Washington by saying President Trump was debasing the nation with "constant non-truths."
SENATOR BOB CORKER, TENNESSEE REPUBLICAN, SAYING: "I don't know why he lowers himself to such a low, low standards and debases our country in the way that he does, but he does."
Trump and Corker have been tangling for weeks, ever since the Tennessee Republican announced he would not run for re-election. Trump firing back on Twitter, saying the two term senator and former mayor couldn't be elected dogcatcher without his endorsement.