Trump sends signal with Corker attack - Source Thehill

Saul Bowman
October 12, 2017

Sen. Bob Corker, the retiring Republican chair of the Senate foreign relations committee, has engaged in a heated back-and-forth with Trump for days now, including in an interview with The New York Times where he said that he feared Trump was steering the nation "on the path to World War III".

Corker, who is one of Tillerson's few confidants and staunch defenders in Washington, criticized a Trump tweet last weekend that undercut Tillerson's negotiations with North Korea.

"Senator Corker worked with Nancy Pelosi and the Obama administration to pave the way for that and rolled out the red carpet for the Iran deal", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a briefing. If it has any hope of continuing to offer itself as a steady hand on the tiller, more Republicans must follow Corker - rhetorically and, ultimately, electorally.

GOP trouble: At the National Journal, political analyst Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report writes that Trump went to a "darker place" in his Corker criticism, and he now thinks the GOP majority is in jeopardy not only in the Senate but in the House.

On Oct. 9, Corker stated that Trump had intentionally made inaccurate statements on a regular basis. "I stand by my statement".


"I think we're well on our way, ' Trump said of Republican efforts to craft the bill". The Tennessee senator had asked the journalist to record their conversation and said that his staff was recording as well. He added, "I know [Trump] has hurt, in several instances, he's hurt us as it relates to negotiations that were underway by tweeting things out". Corker had been an ally and personal friend to the president before they developed a public feud on social media.

The feud is odd because Corker was briefly considered as a vice president running mate during the 2016 campaign.

In recent months, Trump has also gone after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Ky., and Sens.

Trump later gave Corker grief about the comment during a meeting in the Oval Office, according to a Republican congressional official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the private conversations.

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