Trump Goes Nuclear After Scathing Bob Corker Interview

Elias Hubbard
October 24, 2017

The stinging verbal blows marked the latest salvo in what is now a full-blown public war of words between the president and one of his party's most important lieutenants in Congress, a measured Republican who has huge sway over foreign policy issues as well as taxes. The meeting lasted almost 90 minutes, and Corker said afterward that he and the president had no interaction during the meal.

Tax overhaul is an urgent task for Republicans who've failed to notch a single significant legislative achievement this year despite controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress.

"Corker dropped out of the race in Tennesse when I refused to endorse him, and now is only negative on anything Trump". "This is a president who wants to be aggressive, wants to take big action".

The incident added to the chaos of the day. Johnson told ABC in her first interview.

"It's a direct line of communication and it's a way for him to tell America and the rest of the world exactly where he is on a particular issue or topic at any given moment, and I think that's something that frankly people should be celebrating", she said. "His governing model is to divide and to attempt to bully and to use untruths".

Ryan also are in direct conflict with Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who characterized Trump's tweets on Monday night as "public statements by the president" and "an important tool that he has the ability to speak directly to the American people".

Corker followed these attacks on the President on CNN, where he said "The debasement of our nation is what he'll [President Trump] be remembered most for".

The Trump plan calls for big tax cuts for corporations and potentially for individuals.

Tuesday's war of words intensified a simmering feud between the two men. Corker was a leading critic of that agreement. Bob Corker are lobbing insults at each other again.

John McCain, the Arizona senator and Republican 2008 presidential candidate, implicitly criticised Mr Trump for getting a draft deferment during the Vietnam War, although did not mention him by name.

"Bob Corker, who. couldn't get elected dog catcher in Tennessee, is now fighting Tax Cuts", Trump wrote.

Mr Corker, who serves as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and will not stand for re-election in 2018, has previously labelled the Trump administration an "adult day care centre" and claimed the 45th President could be leading the USA on a path to World War III.

In one tweet, Trump wrote, "People like liddle' Bob Corker have set the US way back. Now we move forward!" he tweeted, minutes after the retiring Tennessee lawmaker told CNN that Trump has "great difficulty with the truth" and that it's "unfortunate that our nation finds ourselves in this place".

It was not clear how the conflict would end, if at all.

House Speaker Paul Ryan tried to downplay the conflict, telling reporters, "I don't think it's changed our efforts on tax reform". I know Bob, who supported the budget, and wants to get tax reform.

Trump has blamed them all for the failure of his agenda, saying it's not his fault. In fact, AP learned that Trump urged Corker to run during a meeting in September.

Last month Mr Corker announced that he would not seek re-election at next year's mid-term elections. "If you start taking things off the table before you get started, you make it very hard".

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