President Trump always has someone to lash out at in the early morning hours. Sometimes it’s a celebrity who mocked him, others times it’s North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. On Sunday morning, Senator Bob Corker, who announced his plan to retire last month, drew the short straw and was the subject of Trump’s Twitter tantrum.
Seemingly without provocation, the president tweeted about the senator:
‘Senator Bob Corker “begged” me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said “NO” and he dropped out (said he could not win without my endorsement). He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said “NO THANKS.” He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal!’
Trump said that Corker “begged” him for an endorsement, but an unnamed Republican congressional official has told a different story. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the official informed The Washington Post on Sunday that it was actually Trump who was doing the begging.
Trump was “disappointed” when he learned that Corker was planning to retire. He was so disappointed that, early last week, he called Corker and asked him to reconsider.
This information aligns with what Corker’s chief of staff, Todd Womack, had to say during an interview with NBC News on Sunday. Womack said that Trump has told Corker multiple times that he would have endorsed him if he had decided to run again.
‘Last week President Trump called Senator Corker and asked him to reconsider his decision not to seek reelection and said I would have endorsed you.’
Womack also noted that Corker and Trump had a similar conversation in September. At the time, Trump said that he would campaign for Corker if he decided to run again.
Senator Corker let his chief of staff handle the news appearances on Sunday morning, but he still tweeted the following response to Trump’s attack:
‘It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.’
It’s not totally clear why Trump chose to lash out at Corker Sunday morning, but his anger may have had something to do with comments Corker made earlier this week about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly being “those people that help separate our country from chaos.”
Corker worked in a not-so-subtle jab at the president at the same time that he said about Tillerson, Mattis, and Kelly:
‘They work very well together to make sure the policies we put forth across the world are, you know, sound and coherent. There are other people within the administration in my belief that don’t. OK? Sorry.’
Watch those comments from Corker in the video below, available via YouTube.
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