Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Corker On Trump Lying: 'Everyone Knows He Does It'

Corker’s feud with Trump erupted Sunday after the senator announced he would not be seeking a third term in 2018 Corker’s feud with Trump erupted Sunday after the senator announced he would not be seeking a third term in 2018
Lillian Steele | 12 October, 2017, 00:57

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. "If you look over the last 25 years, through numerous administrations, we were on the path to a very big problem, a problem like this world has never seen", Trump said.

"Senator Bob Corker "begged" me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee", Trump tweeted 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.

The Times responded to Trump's tweet by releasing an audio recording of Corker's interview.

"I understand we're on the record", Corker said at the beginning of the phone call with The New York Times. "That's what helped I think put things in motion. Was made to sound a fool, and that's what I am dealing with!"

Corker replied, "It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center". Even after Trump won, Corker was on the list of possibilities for Secretary of State. "I don't like normally talking to you on the record - I'm kidding you - but I will". Trump later picked the much taller Rex Tillerson for the job.

Known for his blunt commentary, Corker had long softened any public criticism of Trump or his administration with carefully worded praise. Trump believes US corporations are the highest taxed in the world and that the people of the United States desperately want to be relieved of burdensome taxes.

But the president on Tuesday downplayed the possibility that the sharply personal feud with Corker - whom Trump referred to as "Liddle' Bob" in a tweet earlier in the day - could derail his push to find 50 Republican senators to support still-emerging tax overhaul legislation.

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