The Feud Between Trump and Corker Is Puzzling to Washington Insiders
Oct 12 2017
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.
Corker's comments, first made via Twitter and later in an interview with the New York Times, came in response to an extraordinary feud instigated by Trump and marked the sharpest rebuke of this president by a senior Republican officeholder.
He could have been referring to any of a few dozen mercurial outbursts, but likely the trigger was a Saturday tweet in which Trump asserted that "only one thing will work" to rein in North Korea - a statement that could only be read as a direct threat to strike Pyongyang militarily.
Asked about Corker's comments, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters, "Sen".
"I know they're recording it, and I hope you are, too", Corker said.
GOP trouble: At the National Journal, political analyst Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report writes that Trump went to a "darker place" in his Corker criticism, and he now thinks the GOP majority is in jeopardy not only in the Senate but in the House.
"We're on the right path right now, believe me", Trump said during his meeting with prominent US Diplomat Henry Kissinger earlier this week. "The people of this country want tax cuts, they want lower taxes".
Ulterior motives? Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry of the Week calls Corker a hypocrite for his sudden public turn on the president and suggests that the retiring senator is positioning himself to be an "establishment" primary challenger to the president in the 2020 election.
The clash between Corker and Trump highlights fraying relations between the President and the men and women in Congress who the White House needs to deliver on the agenda Trump ran on. "I think we are well on our way".
The feud is odd because Corker was briefly considered as a vice president running mate during the 2016 campaign.
Trump was in Huntsville late last month on behalf of U.S. Sen. Even after Trump won, Corker was on the list of possibilities for Secretary of State.