White House Meeting With Challengers of Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake

UNITED STATES- JULY 13 Sen. Jeff Flake R-Ariz. talks with reporters in the Capitol after a meeting where Senate Republicans' unveiled and updated health care bill

UNITED STATES- JULY 13 Sen. Jeff Flake R-Ariz. talks with reporters in the Capitol after a meeting where Senate Republicans' unveiled and updated health care bill

Trump has reportedly spoken at least twice since taking office with Arizona State Treasurer Jeff DeWit, a top official on his 2016 campaign who is thinking about running for the Senate race.

While Senate Republican leaders work to whip enough votes for their Obamacare repeal bill, the White House and its allies have been meeting with potential primary challengers to one of the GOP caucus' most vulnerable senators, Jeff Flake of Arizona, according to a Monday report in Politico. David Bossie, Trump's deputy campaign manager, reportedly told Graham that he or DeWit would get significant support from conservatives if they launched campaigns.

"Maybe [Flake] should get back on the Trump team". "There's a silent majority that's still there, and still in this state, so watch out". Kelli Ward - who previously challenged Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., unsuccessfully - and Arizona GOP Chairman Robert Graham.

A spokesman for Flake noted to Politico that Flake had "voted with President Trump over 95 percent of the time this year" and backed some of Trump's biggest goals, such as Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's confirmation.

Flake, who is up for reelection in 2018, has been a top Republican critic of Trump, refusing to endorse him during the 2016 election. John McCain (R-AZ) in his primary previous year and has already announced a primary challenge to Flake, and met with potential primary challenger and former Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham, according to the report.

The White House has denied that it is targeting Flake or actively looking for a challenger.