SuperTalk 99.7 WTN veteran broadcaster Brian Wilson, host of Nashville’s Morning News, interviewed Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander today, who made it very clear he sides with outgoing Senator Bob Corker over President Trump on the tariff issue. The two men also discussed the recent Inspector General’s report, which was highly critical for the FBI and former Director James Comey.
Alexander praised Trump and stressed the need for the GOP to retain their majorities in Congress,
As for the tariff issue, host Wilson asked him about his “fellow Senator Bob Corker who has been drawing a lot of fire lately in the state of Tennessee for his criticism of this president.”
Responded Alexander, “What’s bother Senator Corker is he thinks we should have a vote on whether tariffs are a good idea. But I don’t think they’re a good idea either. I think we ought to have a vote on it. That’s the basis of his criticism. Tariffs on Aluminum and Steel are more likely to hurt Tennessee than any other state because we’ve got nearly a thousand auto parts suppliers and they nearly all use aluminum and Steel when they make their parts. If you add 25% to the cost of those materials, they’re going to make fewer parts, less revenues, and lower wage jobs.”
Wilson then asked Alexander if Corker was being unnecessarily antagonistic toward Trump, said Alexander, “He’s an outspoken Senator. That’s the way he talks about it.”
“I’ll let him speak for himself,” he added, also saying he has told Trump he also disagrees with him on tariffs and thinks “reciprocity” should be the goal.
Alexander also recently spoke about Trump and tariffs to the Tennessean:
“I agree with president on taxes, regulations, on judges, but I have yet to persuade him an inch on tariffs,” Alexander told a huddle of reporters before the luncheon. “These are a big mistake, and Tennessee is likely to be the state most hurt by them because we have nearly a thousand auto parts makers in the state who use steel and aluminum.”
The full audio of the interview can be heard below.