Corker at­tack adds in­trigue to race

Sen­a­tor’s com­pli­cated re­la­tion­ship with Trump takes sour turn

The Commercial Appeal - - Front Page -

NASHVILLE - As Sen. Bob Corker, R-Ten­nessee, weighs whether to run for a third term, he’ll now have to cal­cu­late what fac­ing an an­tag­o­nis­tic Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump could mean in a pos­si­ble con­tested GOP pri­mary.

Corker’s com­pli­cated re­la­tion­ship with Trump took a sour and com­bat­ive turn on Fri­day morn­ing — and it might have launched a tor­pedo into Ten­nessee’s 2018 U.S. Se­nate race.

It came when Corker be­came the lat­est tar­get of a Trump tweet. Trump lashed out at the ju­nior Ten­nessee sen­a­tor for com­ments he made on Aug. 17, when Corker said the pres­i­dent hasn’t demon­strated that he un­der­stands the char­ac­ter of the na­tion and has not shown the com­pe­tence needed to lead.

Corker’s re­marks have got­ten in­creas­ingly more air­time, and ap­par­ently Trump had enough, de­cid­ing to di­vulge into pri­vate con­ver­sa­tions he says he’s had with Corker about next year’s elec­tion.

“Strange state­ment by Bob Corker con­sid­er­ing that

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