The war of words between President Donald Trump and Republican Senator Bob Corker from Tennessee shows no signs of letting up.
After slinging insulting tweets Sunday, Corker told the New York Times the President lies in his tweets. We wanted to follow up with Senator Corker, but a spokesperson said he’s on a planned family vacation this week and unable for comment.
Monday, the President’s surrogates dropped themselves into the latest chapter of this ongoing feud between the President and the Senator in his own party.
Tennessee Senator Bob Corker isn’t running for re-election, but he isn’t leaving Congress quietly.
Late Sunday in a 25-minute interview with the New York Times, Senator Corker said of the President: “He concerns me. He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation.”
The chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee also said of the President: “he’s hurt us as it relates to negotiations that were underway by tweeting things out,” and added “I don’t know why the President tweets out things that are not true. You know he does it, everyone knows he does it, but he does.”
Monday morning, a former aide to President Trump responded on CNN’s program ‘New Day’.
“If Senator Corker is retiring and he doesn’t want to be in the U.S. Senate and he doesn’t want to support President Trump and doesn’t want to support such basic conservative principles, he should just resign,” said Jason Miller. “Let the Governor of Tennessee go and appoint a conservative like Marsha Blackburn, the Congresswoman who’s running to replace Senator Corker, and get somebody in there who’s actually going to support the President.”
The comments all followed a twitter feud Sunday morning, when President Trump wrote: “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!”
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…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017
..my endorsement). He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said “NO THANKS.” He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017
…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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017
In which the Senator responded: “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”
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
The president’s criticism with a fellow Republican could present challenges in Congress. Senator Corker represents a slim GOP majority, and his vote is likely key to the passage of any significant proposed legislation this year, such as tax reform.