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