The Feud Between Trump and Corker Is Puzzling to Washington Insiders

Frederick Owens
October 12, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump talks to the media on South Lawn of the White House in Washington before his departure to Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S., October 7, 2017. Trump was referring to the interview Corker gave to the New York Times in which the senator likened the Trump White House to a "reality show" and suggested that reckless comments from the president could lead to World War III. Instead, Trump said the country was "on the wrong path before" on the North Korea threat.

Corker tweeted a biting retort: "It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center".

"I know they're recording it, and I hope you are, too", Corker said. "All you have to do is take a look", he said when asked if Corker was right.

Corker is a member of Trump's party and as chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he's a leading voice on foreign policy issues.

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Trump has responded, mocking Corker's height.

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".

House Speaker Paul Ryan wants a fundamental reform of the tax system but may have to settle for temporary tax cuts that expire in 10 years because of House rules. When Corker later called Trump to tell him that he had chose to retire - a decision Corker made on his 65th birthday, August 24 - the president expressed disappointment, the congressional official said. 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".

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 don't think so at all", he said.

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