Trump lashes out at GOP senators who have been critical of him

President Trump answers questions about his responses to the violence, injuries and deaths at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville as he talks to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York on Tue., Aug. 15, 2017.


President Trump on Thursday bashed Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake, who have both been critical of the president's rhetoric and behavior in office lately.

Mr. Trump attacked both senators on Twitter and praised Kelli Ward, who plans to challenge Flake in the GOP primary for his Senate seat next year. The president seemed to be responding to Graham's comments from a day earlier in which he said the president's words "are dividing Americans, not healing them."

Flake, meanwhile, is out with a new book, "Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle" where he discusses how the GOP has "lost its way." During a recent "CBS This Morning" interview, Flake described some of the president's policies as not reflecting conservative values.

The president has come under fire in recent days for how he has handled the terror attack and violence ignited by white supremacists in Charlottesville last weekend. 

  • Rebecca Shabad

    Rebecca Shabad is a video reporter for CBS News Digital.