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Trump Today: President attacks Corker after senator questions his competence

Trump Today: President attacks Corker after senator questions his competenceā€

As observers on the left, right and center have noticed, the President's assaults on members of his own party are nearly certainly counterproductive in terms of getting his legislative priorities passed.

Corker has had a fluctuating relationship with the president in the past, both praising and rebuking the president throughout Trump's campaign and time in the White House, the Tennessean reports.

Their ties also may explain Trump's apparent reluctance to tweet against Corker afterward, and his willingness to let his press secretary fire back instead.

Last week Corker questioned President Trump's stability and competence in situations like the Charlottesville tragedy.

Cillizza compared it to Trump's attacks on Sen.

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His tweet Friday morning may have been sparked by a reporter asking White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders about his comments on Thursday.

According to Politico, earlier in July, Trump tried to convince Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker that the latest bill imposing sweeping sanctions on Russian Federation was unconstitutional and that it would damage his presidency. "We need a senator who will fight alongside President Trump not fight against him".

Trump's attack on Corker, who is not particularly vulnerable in 2018, appears to be a delayed reaction to the senator's remarks from last week criticizing Trump's leadership style following the President's failure to fully condemn white nationalists in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville.

Sen. Bob Corker ventured further than most Republicans in Congress who've criticized President Trump when he suggested recently that Trump had not shown the "stability" or "competence" needed in the White House. The bill cleared Congress overwhelmingly last month and Trump grudgingly signed it on August 2. Meanwhile, some on the populist, tea-party wing of the party, including former state Rep. Joe Carr, are considering a primary challenge to Corker.

The president also has attacked Sen. Trump reluctantly signed it, under threat that Congress would override a veto. "But I see my job as saying what I think and his job is saying what he thinks".



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