President Trump has ripped into increasingly vocal critic Senator Bob Corker, saying the Tennessee Republican gutlessly dropped his re-election bid after begging for the Trump endorsement he never received.
“Corker ‘begged’ me to endorse him,” Trump said in a string of tweets yesterday.
“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.’ … 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 fired back minutes later, by tweeting: “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”
Later in the afternoon, Trump tweeted: “Bob Corker gave us the Iran Deal, & that’s about it. We need HealthCare, we need Tax Cuts/Reform, we need people that can get the job done!”
Trump’s attack followed Corker saying last week, amid reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would resign, that Tillerson, Defence Secretary James Mattis, and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly “are those people that help separate our country from chaos.”
Corker’s Chief of Staff Todd Womack disputed Trump’s portrayal of the endorsement issue.