- President Donald Trump and Sen. Bob Corker have been feuding for the past several weeks on foreign policy and tax reform.
- Corker appeared on “Good Morning America” Tuesday morning and said Trump should leave tax reform “to the tax-writing committees.”
- Trump fired back on Twitter, writing that Corker “couldn’t get elected dog catcher in Tennessee,” his home state.
President Donald Trump engaged in another feud Tuesday with Sen. Bob Corker, a Republican who has turned into one of the president’s chief critics, hours before the president was set to attend a GOP policy lunch on tax reform.
“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 tweeted.
“Corker dropped out of the race in Tennesse when I refused to endorse him, and now is only negative on anything Trump. Look at his record!” he added.
The Tennessee Republican hit back on Twitter, writing in response to the president’s message, “Same untruths from an utterly untruthful president. #AlertTheDaycareStaff.”
This is not the first time Trump claimed that Corker, who is retiring in 2018, only chose not to run again because the president wouldn’t endorse him. Corker’s office has explicitly denied Trump’s statements.
In an interview with “Good Morning America” on Tuesday morning, Corker stood by earlier criticism of the Trump presidency. He has previously said the White House is an “adult day care center” and that Trump is pushing the US on a path toward “World War III.”
Corker, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, said Tuesday that on foreign policy, Trump should “leave it to the professionals for a while.”
He also advocated for a hands-off approach from the president on tax reform.
“What I hope is going to happen is the president will leave this effort, if you will, to the tax-writing committees, let them do their work and not begin taking things off the table that ought to be debated in these committees at the proper time,” Corker said.
The senator has been vocal about his concerns about the Republican tax plan could balloon the federal deficit.
“Unless it reduces deficits — let me say that one more time — unless it reduces deficits and does not add to deficits with reasonable and responsible growth models, and unless we can make it permanent, I don’t have any interest in it,” Corker said at a recent Senate Budget Committee hearing.
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