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Jeff Flake tells Donald Trump: 'I'm the other senator from Arizona, the one who didn't get captured'

Posted: 7:00 PM, Jul 07, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-07 22:00:41-04

Senator Jeff Flake had some fighting words for Donald Trump, who met privately with Senate Republicans Thursday, according to The Washington Post

Here's the Post's recount of the exchange:

When Flake stood up and introduced himself, Trump told him, “You’ve been very critical of me.”

“Yes, I’m the other senator from Arizona — the one who didn’t get captured — and I want to talk to you about statements like that,” Flake responded, according to two Republican officials.

Flake spokesman Jason Samuels confirmed that the Post's story was accurate, but did not comment further on the exchange.

The Arizona senator spoke with reporters after the fact, telling ABC News that he wants to support the Republican presidential nominee, but it's difficult.

"When he attacks the other senator from Arizona, John McCain, and attacks his war record, by saying that, you know, 'I don't respect people who get captured,' that's an awful, awful thing to say about a war hero, a true war hero, I don't think that we can be dismissive of that kind of statement," Flake said.