The Feud Between Trump and Corker Is Puzzling to Washington Insiders

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The feud that erupted between President Trump and Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) has confused many of the political veterans in Washington. Everything seemed to be going along fairly well between them until Senator Corker made several curious comments to the media.

He started off by telling reporters that several advisors and aides to President Trump were a stabilizing force in the White House and were keeping the U.S. from plunging into chaos. Corker said that aides spend every day trying to contain the president’s erratic behavior. Trump reacted by tweeting that Corker had decided not to run for reelection in 2018 because the president refused to endorse Corker. Trump then said that Corker was partly responsible for the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump had already characterized and one of the worst deals in history.

Not to be denied, Corker immediately responded that the Trump White House was nothing more than a daycare center for adults. He even told The New York Times that Trump’s ill-conceived threats toward other countries were putting the United States on a path that could lead to World War III. After the outbreak of violent protests in Charlottesville, Va., Corker said that he didn’t feel that Trump had demonstrated the “competence” or “stability” needed for a successful presidency.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said he didn’t condone Corker’s comments and several people were concerned about the president’s unpredictable tweets. Kinzinger noted that each new day brought up something new and unexpected in a tweet from the president.

The feud is odd because Corker was briefly considered as a vice president running mate during the 2016 campaign. Even after Trump won, Corker was on the list of possibilities for Secretary of State. However, Trump is alleged to have remarked to associates that Corker, whose height is 5-foot-7, was too short for the top diplomat position. Trump later picked the much taller Rex Tillerson for the job.

In spite of this spat with Corker, President Trump does not feel that it will have a negative impact on his quest for tax reform. Trump believes U.S. corporations are the highest taxed in the world and that the people of the United States desperately want to be relieved of burdensome taxes.

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