President Trump aimed a tweet at Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Friday in response to Corker’s criticism last week. The president called Corker’s remarks “strange … considering that he is constantly asking me whether or not he should run again in ’18.”
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
Trump’s taunt was a response to Corker’s remark to reporters last week 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 also addressed Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., where a demonstration organized by white supremacists ended with the death of a counterprotester.
“He also recently has not demonstrated that he understands the character of this nation,” Corker said. “He has not demonstrated that he understands what has made this nation great and what it is today.”
Trump initially said “many sides” were responsible for the unrest. He eventually denounced white supremacists explicitly, only to later reiterate there was “blame on both sides,” as well as “very fine people on both sides.”
At the White House press briefing Thursday, press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked to respond to Corker’s criticism.
“I think that’s a ridiculous and outrageous claim and doesn’t dignify a response from this podium,” Sanders said curtly.
Trump has recently set his sights on members of his own party. At a rally in Phoenix Tuesday, Trump went after Arizona GOP Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, though he cheekily avoided using either man’s name. The president has also repeatedly attacked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and the New York Times reported the two have not spoken in weeks.
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