Opinion Bob Corker and the Chairmen Who Hold Trump’s Fate in Their Hands

19:02  11 october  2017
19:02  11 october  2017 Source:   Roll Call

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It shouldn’t make much difference to Trump if he has to fend off a few verbal arrows from senators who want to position themselves against him. After all, Corker ’ s the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, where major constituencies include people with good historical reason to hate Nazis.

The fate of Trump ’ s promise of a historic tax revamp could be determined by six key Republican senators: Bob Corker , John McCain, Rand Paul, Pat Some in the group have already laid out their demands for a tax bill. Here’s a closer look at those senators, whose actions will be crucial to getting

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker is among the key Senate chairmen that President Donald Trump has lied about, demeaned, ignored or otherwise alienated, Murphy writes. (Tom Williams/Roll Call File Photo) © Provided by CQ Roll Call, Inc. Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker is among the key Senate chairmen that President Donald Trump has lied about, demeaned, ignored or otherwise alienated, Murphy writes. (Tom Williams/Roll Call File Photo)

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We all know that Washington is about relationships. I’ve gotten some of my best scoops (so to to speak) at the dog park and met some of my best sources on “Wing Night” at the Capitol Lounge years ago. On Capitol Hill, good bills have died over years-long grudges, while mediocre bills have gotten by on, “Well, I just like the guy (or lady).”

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With a huge legislative agenda to pass and a major international incident looming in North Korea, you’d think that President Donald Trump would be rallying his fellow Republicans to his side, especially the most senior leaders who could shepherd his agenda through the Hill. Instead, he has attacked, lied about, demeaned, ignored or otherwise alienated a host of GOP senators, including the ones crucial to his efforts to build a wall, pass tax reform, reform health care and, if it came to it, escape impeachment.

He can be the president alone, but he can’t be a successful president alone.

So let’s take a look under the hood of President Trump’s efforts so far to win friends and influence people in Washington, specifically the Republicans who chair Senate committees.

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Trump ' s targeting Tennessee's Bob Corker , the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman who 's not running for re-election in 2018. Just three defections would torpedo the party's top legislative priority in their partisan push.

Donald Trump has been slammed by former ally Bob Corker . Photo: Getty. But he went much further in the Times interview, alleging senior White House officials spend most of their days trying to rein in Mr Trump ’ s worst instincts.

Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker

As chairman, Corker oversees the State Department and the nominations of all of the president’s ambassadors. He would typically be a partner in the president’s foreign policy and, if necessary, would be the one to shepherd through Congress any attempt by the president to declare war on another country.

Since the weekend, the president has mocked Corker as “Liddle Bob” on Twitter and claimed the Tennessee senator “begged” him for his endorsement, which he refused. Corker has denied this. Trump also blamed Corker for the Iran deal, which Corker opposed, and called Corker a “negative voice” trying to stop the president’s “great agenda.”

To put a bow on the relationship, which in normal times would be strong, Corker tweeted that the White House has become “an adult day care center.”

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Donald Trump has been slammed by former ally Bob Corker . Photo: Getty. But he went much further in the Times interview, alleging senior White House officials spend most of their days trying to rein in Mr Trump ’ s worst instincts.

When asked “If the election was held today, and the candidates were Bob Corker and Marsha Blackburn, who would you vote for U. S . Senator Late Tuesday afternoon, Corker appeared to double down in his criticism of President Trump . “ The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Armed Services Chairman John McCain

At the top of the Senate Armed Services Committee, McCain oversees the Pentagon, force deployments and military procurement. If the president wants to send troops into harm’s way, it’s McCain who would support or kill that decision.

Since the earliest days of his campaign, Trump has had a deep, unrelenting problem with the senator from Arizona. He said McCain was “not a war hero” at a candidate forum and mocked him as a “dummy” on Twitter.

As president, Trump has lashed out at McCain for voting ‘no’ on the Obamacare repeal effort and reportedly imitated a stiff-shouldered thumbs-down to a conservative group visiting the Oval Office, apparently in reference to McCain’s arm injuries that he sustained as a prisoner of war, a joke McCain’s daughter called “abhorrent.”

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Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley

Not only does Grassley chair the committee that needs to greenlight all of Trump’s Supreme Court and judicial nominations, he oversees the Justice Department, the FBI and, in theory, should be at the center of any discussion on immigration reform.

As Trump began his term, Grassley tweeted at him again and again, once to “Whoever at WH monitors Twitter for businessman president Trump” — ostensibly to get the president’s attention on everything from White House tours to document disclosures.

When the Judiciary Committee moved forward with its Russia investigation over the summer, the president tweeted about the committee’s “phony Russian Witch Hunt” and wrote about Grassley, “It’s very sad that Republicans, even some that were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their President.”

When news broke in September that the president had struck a deal with Democratic leaders on the so-called Dreamers, Grassley’s only recourse was to Tweet back at Trump. “@realDonaldTrump Morn news says u made deal w Schumer on DACA/hv ur staff brief me/ I know u undercut JudiCimm effort 4 biparty agreement.”

Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran

As chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Cochran checks off on all new spending measures that go through the legislative process. That beautiful wall the president wants on the Southern border? Cochran is instrumental to it. So it came as a surprise to many when the president pointed to Cochran as the reason the latest version of Obamacare repeal didn’t muster the votes to pass last month, blaming the failure on a mystery senator in the hospital and unable to vote. When speculation turned to an ailing, but homebound, Cochran, he had to tweet, “I’m not hospitalized.”

The list goes on. After Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the chairwoman of the  Energy and Natural Resources Committee, voted against Obamacare repeal, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke called to threaten future projects in her state, projects that she technically controls as head of the committee.

When Sen. Richard Burr, chairman of the Intelligence Committee, held a hearing on possible connections between the Trump administration and Russia, the president tweeted, “Why Isn’t the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!”

Along with Steve Bannon’s threats to primary nearly a dozen sitting Republican senators and Trump’s ongoing feud with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the rest of us can come to one of two conclusions — either the president doesn’t know how crucial Congress is to his agenda, or he doesn’t care one way or another if his agenda passes.

It’s certainly easier to blame a failure on legislators few people have heard of than to actually do the hard work of passing an agenda. It seems like the president has decided which route he’s going to take. 

Roll Call columnist Patricia Murphy covers national politics for The Daily Beast. Previously, she was the Capitol Hill bureau chief for Politics Daily and founder and editor of Citizen Jane Politics. Follow her on Twitter @1PatriciaMurphy.

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Corker blasts Trump for trying to ‘publicly castrate’ Tillerson .
Sen. Bob Corker is not finished criticizing President Trump. The Tennessee Republican admonished the commander-in-chief on Friday for attempting to “publicly castrate” his own secretary of state. The Tennessee Republican admonished the commander-in-chief on Friday for attempting to “publicly castrate” his own secretary of state.

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