White House reacts to top GOP senator's escalating feud with Trump: 'He's maybe trying to get a headline or two on his way out the door'

  • White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sen. Bob Corker was seeking attention by criticising President Donald Trump.
  • Corker, a Republican, has been highly critical of Trump in recent months.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders mocked Republican Sen. Bob Corker’s criticism of President Donald Trump on Tuesday.

During the day’s press briefing, Sanders admonished the outgoing Tennessee senator, who has become increasingly outspoken against Trump in recent months since he announced that he’ll retire from the Senate in 2018.

“The people of this country didn’t elect somebody to be weak, they elected somebody to be strong and when he gets hit he’s going to hit back,” Sanders said of Trump. “I think Senator Corker knows that, and he’s maybe trying to get a headline or two on his way out the door.”

Sanders jabbed both Corker and Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, who on Tuesday announced his intention not to seek reelection in 2018, saying that their decisions to retire were “probably a good move.”

Sanders’ comment was the latest in a back-and-forth between the two, as Corker has raised hackles over the president’s rhetoric concerning white nationalism and his political opponents.

“Bob Corker, who helped President O give us the bad Iran Deal & couldn’t get elected dog catcher in Tennessee, is now fighting Tax Cuts,” Trump wrote in a series of tweets Tuesday morning. “Corker dropped out of the race in Tennessee when I refused to endorse him, and now is only negative on anything Trump. Look at his record!”

Corker told CNN in an interview on Tuesday that there was “no way” he would support the president again in future elections.

“I think the debasing of our nation, the constant non-truth telling, the name-calling,” Corker said. “I think the debasement of our nation is what he will be remembered most for.”

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