The feud between Senator Bob Corker and President Trump reached epic proportions this morning as the Senator from Tennessee continued to wratchet up his critcism. I don’t know how much worse you can get than referring to the White House as a derelict “daycare” when it allows Trump on the twitter machine, but here we are.
The Hill reports, followed by the video clip:
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said on Tuesday that he wouldn’t support President Trump in another election, saying Trump is “unable to rise to the occasion.”
“Let’s just put it this way: I would not do that again. … I think [Trump’s] proven himself unable to rise to the occasion,” Corker told CNN, asked if he regretted supporting him in the 2016 presidential race.
Corker’s comments are the latest in a growing spat between the GOP senator and Trump that comes hours before the president is scheduled to visit Capitol Hill to meet with the Senate GOP conference.
Corker recently announced he will not seek re-election in 2018, which clears his poliitcal path to say basically anything he wants. Corker did endorse Trump in 2016, and was basically silent until this summer. Now though, all bets are off and Corker has an ax to grind. As you’d expect, President Trump doesn’t let any of it go without response:
He’s been bashing Corker with the Iran deal for weeks now, but Corker’s got nothing to lose anymore with no re-election campaign on the horizon. The craziest thing here is that Trump will need basically every Senator to get tax reform done, and yet we’re witnessing a meltdown of White House/Senate relations.
Furthermore, the President is having lunch with Corker today, along with the rest of the GOP Senators:
President Donald Trump is planning lunch with GOP senators after sparring with several of them, as congressional Republicans turn to overhauling the tax code.
It will be Trump’s first appearance as president at Senate Republicans’ regular Tuesday policy lunch at the Capitol. The gathering has the potential for awkward moments, because it follows spats between Trump and GOP senators such as John McCain of Arizona and Bob Corker of Tennessee, as well as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
I forgot, he’s still feuding with McCain as well, so lunch should be great. Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up if you tried.