President Trump recently took a break from attacking NFL players and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Twitter and, instead, set his sights on Senator Bob Corker (R-Tennessee). Trump went after Corker, who recently announced his plans to retire, on Twitter Sunday morning, claiming that Corker had begged him for an endorsement and “didn’t have the guts” to run for re-election without it.
Corker responded to the president’s remarks with a tweet of his own:
‘It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.’
Todd Womack, Corker’s chief of staff, has also disputed Trump’s claim about Corker begging him for an endorsement. During an interview with NBC, Womack said that it was actually Trump who, on multiple occasions, begged Corker not to retire.
Corker spoke to the New York Times on Sunday about Trump’s tweets and said that the president is treating his office like “a reality show.”
About the accusation that he’d begged Trump for an endorsement, Corker said:
‘I don’t know why the president tweets out things that are not true. You know he does it, everyone knows he does it, but he does.’
The senator also said that he thinks Trump, with his reckless behavior, could set the country “on the path to World War III.”
‘He concerns me. He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation.’
Corker went on to share some information about what he’s heard the inside of the Trump White House is like:
‘I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him.
I know he has hurt, in several instances, he’s hurt us as it relates to negotiations that were underway by tweeting things out.’
Trump made it clear when he took to Twitter again on Sunday afternoon to criticize Corker further that he doesn’t care about burning bridges with the senator. However, he may come to regret this move in the near future when the Senate votes on his proposed overhaul of the tax code.
As the Times pointed out, Trump has a very small margin for error in trying to get the tax bill through the Senate, which is comprised of just 52 Republicans. Corker might very well choose to vote against the bill in light of Trump’s attacks, and some of his other Republican colleagues could end up following suit.
Corker noted that nearly every Senate Republican agrees with him on his concerns about Trump:
‘Look, except for a few people, the vast majority of our caucus understands what we’re dealing with here…of course they understand the volatility that we’re dealing with and the tremendous amount of work that it takes by people around him to keep him in the middle of the road.’
When asked about whether or not he thinks Trump is fit for the presidency, Corker would not give a direct answer. However, he did say that he doesn’t think Trump fully understands the amount of power he currently wields.
‘I don’t think he appreciates that when the president of the United States speaks and says the things that he does, the impact that it has around the world, especially in the region that he’s addressing. And so, yeah, it’s concerning to me.’
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