Moments after U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) made a controversial speech on the Senate floor on Tuesday where he disavowed President Donald Trump, announced his decision not to run for re-election, and his desire to use his remaining year in the Senate to take on the President, he made clear on an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN on Tuesday that he was considering a 2020 presidential bid.
Asked whether he could challenge Trump in 2020, Flake repeatedly refused to rule out the prospect, merely noting that 2020 is "a long time away".
"Certainly, I didn't support the president in the last election, but it's early – that time will take care of itself," Flake said.
"Nothing that he's done has earned my support since that time or made me more likely to vote for him, you know, in the second run," he continued. "So, that's all I'll say."