President Trump took to Twitter Friday morning to lash back at U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) for Corker’s recent sharp criticisms of the president.
Strange statement by Bob Corker considering that he is constantly asking me whether or not he should run again in '18. Tennessee not happy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2017
Last week in Chattanooga, Corker told reporters that “radical changes” are needed at the White House and that “the president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful.” Corker said Trump “has not demonstrated that he understands what has made this nation great and what it is today, and he’s got to demonstrate the characteristics of a president who understands that.”
Corker’s comments came as Trump was getting criticized by the mainstream media, the left and some Republicans for blaming both sides for the recent violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white supremacists and radical leftists. Critics said Trump’s comments indirectly showed support for white supremacists.
In Chattanooga, Corker said, “I think that sometimes he gets in a situation where he doubles-down to try and make a wrong a right. I think he has done that in this case. I would ask that he take stock of who he is as president of all the people in our nation, and that he condemn those things that are separating us.”
On Thursday in Washington, D.C., White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about Corker questioning Trump’s competence.
“I think that’s a ridiculous and outrageous claim and doesn’t dignify a response from this podium,” Sanders said.
Many conservatives in Tennessee were, as Trump said in his tweet, unhappy with Corker’s remarks. The remarks are likely to further weaken conservative support for Corker. According to a Tennessee Star poll conducted of likely Republican primary voters in June, Corker is extremely vulnerable for an incumbent senator. In a hypothetical match up with Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-7), Corker is in a statistical tie.
Corker has said yet said whether he will seek a third term.