President Donald Trump took to twitter on Sunday morning to tear a strip out of Sen. Bob Corker. Trump claimed that Corker retired at the end of his term rather than running for reelection because he did not believe that he could win without the president’s seal of approval. In fact, according to the Washington post, the president offered Corker an endorsement, and expressed his disappointment that Corker did not plan to run, contradicting everything the president tweeted.
On Sunday, in an interview with The New York Times, Corker continued to express his thoughts on the president. Corker believes that Trump could easily set the United States “on the path to World War III” with his constant threats toward other countries. Corker also called the president out for acting like exactly what his is, a washed-up reality-TV host, which caused concern for the senator, adding that the president “would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation.”
Corker also claimed that he is not alone with his concerns for the president. In fact, Corker stated that his concerns were echoed by nearly every Senate Republican.
A lot was said on Corker’s words on CNN’s New Day, on Monday morning.
Host Alisyn Camerota referred to the conversation as “extraordinary,” adding:
‘This is a top Republican who is unplugged now and saying things that people have only said off the record or whispered about in the halls of Congress.’
Daily Beast editor John Avlon agreed with Camerota, using the term “drop the mic” to describe the level of honesty that Corker is displaying. Avlon stated:
‘This is the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. When he said that President Trump is courting World War III and the White House is an adult daycare center and every day is an exercise in containment because the president treats it like a reality show — that’s not a Democrat playing partisan politics to criticize the president.’
During his interview with the New York Times, Corker says that he is unclear as to why the president continuously tweets out things that are blatantly false. “You know he does it, everyone knows he does it, but he does it,” Corker stated.
CNN host Michael Smerconish, who is a former attorney, claims that his training in this field leads him to believe that Corker’s comments are a huge testament to the president’s ability to effectively do his job. Smerconish stated:
‘The lawyer in me hears something different. I’m thinking of the 25th Amendment, Section 4, which speaks to a president who is unable to discharge the powers of duties of his office. Let’s just reflect on some of the word choices that senator made. Post-Charlottesville, he was questioning the stability of the president. Now he’s using the word ‘reckless, chaos.’ Now he is saying ‘he concerns me.’ I think he’s planting seeds for questioning the fitness, the mental fitness of the president pursuant to the 25th Amendment to continue with his responsibilities.’
You can watch a video of the exchange below:
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