Like a dog that can’t leave a chewed-up bone alone, or a monkey with bananas, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) can’t leave President Donald Trump be as he prepares to step down from Congress.
Corker has referred to the Trump administration as a “banana republic” more than once.
Now, he has taken his grievances with the Commander-in-Chief onto “CBS This Morning.” Host John Dickerson sat down with Corker in Chattanooga for an interview that aired Wednesday.
Dickerson said, “Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee has had a series of clashes with President Trump, most recently on the administration’s muted response to Saudi Arabia’s killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is now preparing to step down.”
Dickerson added he wanted to talk with Corker “about how Washington works – or doesn’t – and what worries him about the issues no one seems interested in addressing.”
Corker said that things are happening in communities like Chattanooga.
With a smirk on his face, Corker said, “I don’t think he (Trump) … I don’t think he knows that there are people all across this country, um, that live in communities like this one just wanting to be engaged.”
When asked “where he was at” with Trump right now, Corker said he likes the deregulations that have occurred and he “likes the animal spirits that have been released in our country.”
Corker said he also loves the number of judges who have been approved.
“Where the president hurts himself and hurts our country is his own personal conduct. It’s unnecessary. It’s an unforced error.”
Corker said Trump is intentional in trying to divide the country, which the senator called “disappointing.”
Trump’s behavior “costs” “young people” and the ways people interact, he said.
The host asked if he could speak this way if he were running for re-election. Corker said that would be “bad for your health.” He said Republicans that ran for offices this year were not asked any policy questions but only if they supported Trump, which he called “unhealthy.”
The president’s “unorthodox” behavior has caused people on each side of the aisle to be closer because “they are in the same boat.”
The federal budget deficit is not being addressed, and that is harming the next generation, Corker said.
Corker would not confirm his future political plans but confirmed he “thinks about it sometimes” in regards to running for president.
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