President Trump can dish it out, but Sen. Bob Corker won’t take it.
Trump and Corker escalated their feud by trading barbs over Twitter Sunday morning, with Trump making dubious claims about the Tennessee senator, and Corker wasting little time before saying the President needs “an adult day care center.”
“Senator Bob Corker ‘begged’ me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said ‘NO’ and he dropped out (said he could not win without…..my endorsement). He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said ‘NO THANKS,’” Trump wrote in two tweets.
Trump added, “He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal! …Hence, I would fully expect Corker to be a negative voice and stand in the way of our great agenda. Didn’t have the guts to run!”
Corker, in return, soon tweeted, “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”
There is little evidence that either of Trump’s claims about Corker are entirely valid.
Corker, a Republican, served as an adviser to Trump during the 2016 race, and said he repeatedly turned down offers to be Trump’s running mate.
President Trump outside of the White House.
After Trump’s victory, Corker was considered for secretary of state but ultimately did not get the nomination. Trump, though, did meet with Corker about the possible nomination, and there was no suggestion at the time that Trump was as dismissive as he now claims.
Likewise, there is also nothing on record suggesting Corker “begged” for Trump’s endorsement, nor that Trump had any influence on the two-term senator deciding not to run in 2018.
Since Trump took office, Corker has become one of his harshest GOP critics and has openly questioned whether the real estate mogul is fit for the White House.
Last week, Corker told reporters that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis were the “people that help separate our country from chaos,” an implicit stab at Trump’s Oval Office behavior.