CBS News has hired former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) as a network contributor and Flake, once a thorn in the president’s side, used the announcement to rule out any possibility of primarying President Donald Trump. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Flake was spotted at the network’s New York City headquarters on Jan. 4 amid talks for a role, The Hollywood Reporter reported at the time.
That role was formally announced on CBS This Morning on Tuesday during a segment about his future ambitions. A moderate Republican who left his U.S. Senate seat earlier this month, Flake was considered a potential Republican challenger to President Trump in 2020.
“I’ve always said that I do hope there is a Republican who challenges President Trump,” he said. “That will not be me.”
Flake will work on a series of pieces that will search for common ground in the U.S., CBS This Morning co-host John Dickerson said. Flake cited efforts to pass comprehensive criminal justice reform as an example.
Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich – often floated as another Trump challenger – recently signed on as a CNN contributor.