' We're on the Right Path': Trump Responds to Senator Corker's WWIII Accusations
12 Октября 2017, 12:57 | Kara Nash
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Trump alleged Sunday morning in a Twitter tirade that Corker recently "begged" him for his endorsement, did not receive it and made a decision to retire because he "didn't have the guts" to run for reelection next year. "Someone obviously missed their shift this morning". Bob Corker, sending an unmistakable signal to other Republicans that public criticism of President Trump will be met with a fierce public scolding. Before leaving his White House position, Bannon reportedly told Trump that impeachment was not the biggest risk to his presidency-but rather the 25th Amendment.
On Oct. 10, Trump took to social media to assert that Corker had been duped into criticizing him. "I said "NO" and he dropped out (said he could not win without my endorsement)".
"We're on the right path right now, believe me", Trump said during his meeting with prominent US Diplomat Henry Kissinger earlier this week. "Didn't have the guts to run!" Trump later picked the much taller Rex Tillerson for the job. He may have voted against the deal ultimately, but he not only allowed the deal to happen, he gave it credibility.
"Look, except for a few people, the vast majority of our caucus understands what we're dealing with here", he said in the interview. Instead, Trump said the country was "on the wrong path before" on the North Korea threat. "I think we are well on our way".
The squabble comes just days before Trump is expected to "decertify" the Iranian nuclear pact reached with world powers in 2015 and punt to Congress a decision about whether to restore sanctions against Iran.
Corker has been one of Tillerson's few allies and staunch defenders in Washington, working closely on such issues as toughening sanctions on Russian Federation and engaging North Korea diplomatically - two issues on which Trump has disagreed with Corker.
In recent months, Trump has also gone after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Ky., and Sens.
Some of Trump's allies, including former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, have called on him to resign. "We can stay tuned for the next episode". Even after Trump won, Corker was on the list of possibilities for Secretary of State.
The feud is odd because Corker was briefly considered as a vice president running mate during the 2016 campaign. "The party needs to sublimate its divisions, get mainstream Republicans to the polls, and persuade the Trump base to cast ballot for non-Trump Republicans", he writes.
In excerpts of the interview, Corker acknowledges that his conversation with the Times was "on the record", an agreement that his remarks can be published and attributed, and not a private discussion.
But the episode did not seem to derail what was generally a good-natured relationship between the two. Corker said that aides spend every day trying to contain the president's erratic behavior.
President Donald Trump is growing increasingly frustrated and isolated as his presidency approaches the one year mark. Corker what led him to make that statement.
"I don't think he appreciates that when the president of the United States speaks and says the things that he does, the impact that it has around the world, especially in the region that he's addressing", he added.
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