Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Republicans to Trump and Corker: Please just stop

Republicans to Trump and Corker: Please just stop

Bob Corker of Tennessee asserted during an interview that the majority of his Republican colleagues privately believe that President Donald Trump is prone to making dishonest statements.

The only fix for a commander in chief who is treating his immensely powerful office like "a reality show" is a new commander in chief. Bob Corker and is now suggesting that the Tennessee Republican's conversation with The New York Times was recorded without his awareness. Instead, Trump said the country was "on the wrong path before" on the North Korea threat. 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.

Trump continued his feud with Corker during a Tuesday meeting with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, pushing back on the senator's statement that Trump is putting the United States on a path toward World War III.

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It's not unusual for Trump to engage in a Twitter attack, but given the high-profile roles in the US government the two men hold, it's all but unprecedented in recent memory.

Trump labeling Corker "liddle" is a throwback to the 2016 campaign, when he gave Sen. "I understand we're on the record". 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". One of the Senate's most committed deficit hawks and outspoken members on budgetary issues, Corker already has expressed concerns with the Trump administration's proposal on tax cuts, and his vote will be key to any deal getting done.

In recent months, Trump has also gone after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Ky., and Sens. After the outbreak of violent protests in Charlottesville, Va., Corker said that he didn't feel that Trump had demonstrated the "competence" or "stability" needed for a successful presidency. Corker also helped tutor Trump on foreign affairs, and he in turn considered the senator as a possible running mate and secretary of state. "I don't think so at all", he said.

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