President Trump confirmed his instability for what feels like the millionth time when he, seemingly out of nowhere, tweeted a lengthy attack against Senator Bob Corker early Sunday morning. In his tweets, Trump claimed that Corker, who recently announced his plans to retire, had begged him for an endorsement and then decided not to run for re-election when Trump refused.
Corker responded by posting his own tweet mocking Trump. He later sat down with the New York Times to speak at length about their feud.
Corker said a number of damning things about Trump during the 25-minute interview, from discussing the way his relationship with Trump has changed to sharing some insight into what really happened after he told the president he didn’t plan to run for re-election.
Perhaps the most noteworthy thing that Corker said, though, had to do with his suggestion that Trump, with his frequent Twitter attacks on other world leaders, “may be setting the US on the path to World War III.”
Corker also spoke at length about the ever-present chaos in the Trump White House, noting that “every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him.”
The senator went on to add about Trump:
‘He concerns me. He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation.’
However, he also noted that he thinks the U.S. can avoid World War III as long as people like Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and chief of staff John Kelly are around:
‘As long as there are people like that around him who are able to talk him down when he gets spun up, you know, calm him down and continue to work with him before a decision gets made, I think we’ll be fine.’
Corker’s comment was particularly reassuring, especially since he also shared with the Times the fact that Trump has already negatively affected negotiations with his erratic behavior.
‘I know he has hurt, in several instances, he’s hurt us as it relates to negotiations that were underway by tweeting things out.’
Corker also dismissed the idea that Trump knows what he’s doing when he sends out false messages and goes on his angry Twitter rants:
‘A lot of people think that there is some kind of “good cop, bad cop” act underway, but that’s just not true.’
The interview was clearly one for the ages, and, on Monday, the Times released excerpts of the audio from it. Listen to the interview, via YouTube.
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