During a White House press briefing Tuesday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ comments and omissions have fed the media’s interest in the feud between President Donald J. Trump and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.).
Speaking to the press on Tuesday, Sanders said the retiring senator was involved in the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran.
“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,” Sanders said.
Reporters jumped at the claim and pressed Sanders as they noted that Corker originally opposed the deal and later led an effort to have the deal reviewed by Congress, opposing Obama’s wishes.
“He worked with them on the legislation that rolled that out,” Sanders responded. “That’s what helped, I think, put things in motion. He may have voted against the deal ultimately, but he not only allowed the deal to happen, he gave it credibility. I stand by my statement.”
President Trump’s allies have suggested it’s time for Corker to resign. When asked if she agreed with those suggestions, Sanders replied, “I think that’s a decision for Sen. Corker and the people of Tennessee.”
Sanders was then asked whether the Trump administration was concerned about any implications of the president’s feud with Corker, and about the senator’s comments in an interview stating that the president may be leading the country into World War III.
Sanders replied that Corker is “not entitled to his own facts,” then launched into a list of facts about the president’s policies.
“Look, Senator Corker is certainly entitled to his own opinion, but he’s not entitled to his own facts. The fact is this president has been an incredibly strong leader on foreign policy and national security, and he’s been a leader on this front. And I think that’s been seen and demonstrated time and time again since he took office.”
President Trump said Corker asked him for his endorsement to run for another term in office; however, the president would not concede to the request.
Corker later decided not to seek another term, and has since lashed out at President Trump, saying the White House is like “an adult day care center,” that key administration officials are holding things together, and that the president may be on a path to take the country into World War III, in an interview with The New York Times.
On Tuesday, the president sent out another tweet about Corker, this one an attack on a personal level, calling Corker “Liddle’ Bob Corker” in reference to his height.
President Trump’s tweet read, “The Failing
@nytimes set Liddle’ Bob Corker up by recording his conversation. Was made to sound a fool, and that’s what I am dealing with!”
The Failing @nytimes set Liddle’ Bob Corker up by recording his conversation. Was made to sound a fool, and that’s what I am dealing with!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017
The president was referencing the phone interview Corker did with the Times. The reporter who conducted the interview says there was no trickery, and that Corker knew he was being recorded. He called the senator’s comments a “scorching attack” which was “deliberate and carefully planned.”
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