President Donald Trump and outgoing Sen. Bob Corker launched into a Twitter spat Sunday morning in a significant public falling out, making the Tennessean the newest senior Republican lawmaker to openly slam Trump over his statements online and off.Trump tweeted Sunday morning in a series of posts attacking Corker that he rejected the senator’s ask for an endorsement– a claim denied by Corker’s chief of personnel, Todd Womack, later on in the day.
“The president called Senator Corker on Monday afternoon and asked him to reevaluate his decision not to seek reelection and reaffirmed that he would have endorsed him, as he has said lot of times,” Womack said in a statement.Trump told Corker
he was going to back him the day the Tennessee Republican announced his intention to retire, 2 sources acquainted with the conversations said.Corker, whose term ends at the end of next year, made the statement that he would retire late last month.Trump’s slams on Corker come days after the senator revealed comments criticizing him. The senator reacted to Trump’s tweets with an insult later on in the morning, calling the White House” an adult day care center “in a Twitter post.The flare-up in between the 2 leaders highlights the long-simmering distinctions
in between GOP leaders and the President, who has not shied away from assaulting the leadership over their inability to move health care legislation. It also comes as Trump prepares to press Congress to advance his suggested tax overhaul and tensions supposedly grow in between Trump and members of his own Cabinet– particularly Secretary of State Rex Tillerson– on concerns such as the method to handle North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.Corker’s vote will be vital on tax reform, and he remains an influential voice on Trump’s foreign
policy challenges, consisting of over ways to deal with the Iran nuclear deal.It’s not the first time Trump and the White Home have privately sent one signal to Corker while publicly saying something else. Following Corker’s pointed attack on Trump for his handling of the fatal violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, Vice President Mike Pence quietly sought to fix ties with Corker after the President assaulted the Tennessee Republican on Twitter, sources said.”Senator Bob Corker’asked’me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said’NO ‘and he left (said he might not win without …”Trump wrote in a series of 3 consecutive tweets.”. my endorsement). He also desired to be Secretary of State, I stated “NO THANKS. “He is also mainly accountable for the horrendous Iran Deal! “”… Thus, I would fully anticipate Corker to be an unfavorable voice and stand in the way of our great agenda. Didn’t have the guts to run!” Trump added.The President continued to knock Corker in a tweet in the late afternoon.” Bob Corker gave us the Iran Deal, & that’s about it. We need HealthCare, we require Tax Cuts/Reform, we require individuals that can do the job!”He wrote.Corker responded on Twitter after Trump’s initial tweets: “It’s a shame the White House has become
an adult day care. Somebody certainly missed their shift today.”Previous United States attorney Preet Bharara, now a senior legal analyst at CNN, retweeted
Corker’s action, remarking,”An adult day care center whose chief resident can’t count to 51.”Bharara was fired by Trump a few months into his presidency.Later Sunday, California Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu broadened on Trump’s relationships with members of Congress, stating Corker’s action highlighted why Republican politicians have not had the ability to pass major legislation this year. “Donald Trump is a weak President with
low approval ratings who does not command regard on Capitol Hill,”
Lieu informed anchor Ana Cabrera on”CNN Newsroom. “”As an outcome, Trump can’t deliver the votes when he requires it. And to make matters worse, Donald Trump is not attempting to construct relationships. He snaps and insults members of Congress.
And bear in mind, Trump’s deficit-exploding tax plan can only lose three Republican Senate votes before it dies.” “I want I could replay what individuals tell me on the flooring from my colleagues throughout the aisle,”Lieu continued. “I cannot do that, but they are comparable to Senator Corker. I might simply say this, the President is not respected by numerous members of Congress. You’re seeing that play out in regards to stopped working legislation, and you see that played out when the President
pursues and songs out individual members of Congress and assaults them. That’s not how you develop relationships. “Corker, who chairs the Senate foreign relations committee, protected his record on the Iran deal in an op-ed in The Washington Times in 2015, stating he led Senate opposition to the Obama-era pact and was joined by almost the entire Senate and House in passing legislation in 2015 to develop a procedure for congressional review.”Without it, there would have been no requirement that Congress receive full details of the offer; no review duration for Congress to examine and weigh in on the arrangement; no requirement that the president routinely accredit that Iran is complying; and no way for Congress to rapidly reimpose sanctions need to Iran cheat,”Corker wrote.The senator has actually also made some important remarks about Trump’s
temperament and character in current weeks.Corker said in August that Trump had not yet demonstrated”the stability nor some of the proficiency”he needed to be successful.He said Wednesday that Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly” assistance separate our nation from mayhem. “Corker also stated Tillerson has not received the assistance he requires from Trump.
“I suggest, look, I see exactly what’s taking place here,”Corker said.”I handle people throughout the administration and( Tillerson)
, from my point of view, is in an incredibly aggravating location, where, as I see, OK, and I can enjoy very closely on lots of events, I suggest you know
, he winds up being not being supported in the way I would hope a secretary of state would be supported, that’s simply from my vantage point.”Tillerson, who has actually supposedly been displeased with Trump and his own role in the administration, made a public statement last week declaring his support for the President after report mentioned acrimony in between the 2 males– primarily, that Tillerson had questioned Trump’s intelligence, calling him a”idiot, “in front of other leading officials.Tillerson’s statement of support for Trump triggered the President to say his secretary of state had actually refuted the story about the insult. Trump later on told press reporters inside a Las Vegas hospital, where he was visiting
the victims of last Sunday’s mass shooting, that he has” overall self-confidence” in Tillerson and said reports that the secretary of state called him a moron were “phony news”and”totally made up.”