Jeff the Flake Skips WH Event Because He Doesn't Like To 'Stand Around and Clap'

Flake voted for the Republican tax bill but did not attend the event at the White House with President Trump 


Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said he skipped a gathering of congressional Republicans at the White House on Wednesday because he did not want to attend an event where lawmakers are expected to simply "stand around and clap."

The event, attended by House and Senate GOP leaders and a number of Republican lawmakers, was held to celebrate congressional Republicans' passage of a massive tax rewrite.

"I can only take so many of those stand around and clap things, I'd rather be here," Flake told reporters at the Capitol.