Amid Corker Feud, Trump Dismisses Senator's WWIII Warning

President Donald Trump, who reportedly once considered Corker as a possible running mate or Secretary of State, lashed out at Corker on Twitter, saying "Senator Bob Corker "begged" me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee".

Trump has said Corker lacked the guts to run for another Senate term, that Corker wanted to be Secretary of State but Trump refused, and Trump suggested Corker was tricked by the New York Times into doing a recorded interview critical of Trump.

Corker, who is one of Tillerson's few confidants and staunch defenders in Washington, criticized a Trump tweet last weekend that undercut Tillerson's negotiations with North Korea. If it has any hope of continuing to offer itself as a steady hand on the tiller, more Republicans must follow Corker - rhetorically and, ultimately, electorally.

"I don't know why the president tweets out things that are not true", Corker told The New York Times.

Only eight percent think Trump is making the situation better, said the poll. "The party needs to sublimate its divisions, get mainstream Republicans to the polls, and persuade the Trump base to cast ballot for non-Trump Republicans", he writes. "I understand we're on the record". "All you have to do is take a look", he said when asked if Corker was right. Corker had been an ally and personal friend to the president before they developed a public feud on social media.

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. When Corker later called Trump to tell him that he had chose to retire - a decision Corker made on his 65th birthday, August 24 - the president expressed disappointment, the congressional official said.

Not to be denied, Corker immediately responded that the Trump White House was nothing more than a daycare center for adults.

Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said Sunday that he thinks Corker feels free to speak his mind now that he is not seeking reelection.

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