Pres­i­dent lashes out at ‘Lid­dle Bob Corker’ as sen­a­tors call for calm

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WASH­ING­TON (AP) — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump lashed out at Sen. Bob Corker as “‘Lid­dle’ Bob Corker” on Tues­day, es­ca­lat­ing a feud with the Ten­nessee Repub­li­can who dubbed the White House an “adult day care cen­ter” and charged that Trump could be set­ting the na­tion on a path to­ward World War III.

Fel­low GOP sen­a­tors, tread­ing care­fully, avoided sid­ing with Trump or with Corker. But lead­ing law­mak­ers called on both men to end a quar­rel that could im­peril the Repub­li­can agenda on Capi­tol Hill. Trump will need Corker if he is to get big tax changes through the Se­nate, where the nar­row GOP ma­jor­ity was un­able to re­peal former Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s Af­ford­able Care Act. And Corker also fig­ures to be a key player if Trump moves as ex­pected to un­wind the Iran nu­clear deal.

“I have a lot of re­spect for Sen. Corker and what he brings to the Se­nate, but I think the pres­i­dent is lead­ing in the right di­rec­tion and I’m sup­port­ive of what he’s do­ing,” Sen. Roy Blunt of Mis­souri, a mem­ber of the GOP lead­er­ship, told re­porters Tues­day at the Capi­tol. “I would en­cour­age them both to stop what they’re do­ing and get fo­cused on what we need to be do­ing.”

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