Over the weekend, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) took to Twitter to slam President Donald J. Trump, doubling down on other public comments he’s made about Trump and challenging the president from within his own party.
According to The New York Times, Corker’s critiques of Trump are shared by Senate Republicans, but they keep them private.
The Post says some Republicans feel “that the president is dangerously erratic and unstable, that he treats his high post like a television show and that he is reckless enough to stumble the country into a nuclear war.”
But Corker, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, feels “liberated” to speak freely, according to the report, since he’s not going to run for re-election. Other Republican senators are less willing to put their political careers in jeopardy by speaking out.
The Twitter war between Corker and Trump broke out on Sunday, but it started much earlier. President Trump’s tweets were in response to comments that Corker made, in which he indicated that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly are keeping the U.S. from “chaos.”
Corker said the three men “work well together to make sure that the policies that we put forth around the world are sound and coherent.” He added, “I hope they stay.”
In a 3-part tweet Sunday, the president hit back in his signature style, withholding little. Combined, the tweets read:
“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! Hence, I would fully expect Corker to be a negative voice and stand in the way of our great agenda. Didn’t have the guts to run!”
Corker responded by posting his own all-out slam. “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning,” Corker tweeted.
On Monday, the White House insisted Corker is responsible for the fight, not President Trump. They labeled the senator an attention-seeking obstructionist, according to reports.
Corker’s feud with the president could negatively affect the administration’s agenda, reportedly, as Corker has many friends on Capitol Hill. Recent bills including the repeal of Obamacare, have been thwarted by GOP defectors. Corker was not among them, but as the House addresses tax reform next, Republicans will need support from its Party members.
While Corker remains vocal, having given an interview to the Times in which he said the president was running the White House like it was a “reality show,” which could set the nation “on the path to World War III,” other Senate Republicans will likely avoid making any public statements about the feud, whether they support Corker or not.
“While it may really bother other Senate Republicans and it’s unnerving that one of their own is being attacked, most aren’t retiring and know they must still work with the White House in order to accomplish legislative goals like tax reform or eventually answer to frustrated voters,” Ron Bonjean, a former top aide to Senate Republican leaders, reportedly said.
It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.
— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) October 8, 2017
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