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:   rollcall.com

Tillerson Saving U.S. "From Chaos," Says Republican

  Tillerson Saving U.S. One of the top Republicans is becoming even more outspoken against Trump after announcing his retirement.A top Senate Republican says key members of the Trump administration are the only thing standing in the way of complete “chaos” in the United States.

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. Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker .

The fate of the American republic is in the hands of these Republicans in Congress. But as more and more Americans wonder whether Trump is still fit to hold office, here are a handful of Republicans who may be readying more substantial responses Bob Corker .

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)

Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.

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).”

Trump: 'Corker didn't have the guts to run'

  Trump: 'Corker didn't have the guts to run' President Trump ripped Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) on Sunday, saying the senator told him he could not win reelection in the Senate without his endorsement, and that he dropped out after Trump declined ."Senator Bob Corker "begged" me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said "NO" and he dropped out (said he could not win without my endorsement). He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said "NO THANKS." He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal!" Trump said in a tweet on Sunday. Senator Bob Corker "begged" me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee.

But those who criticize Trump are, for the most part, equally immature. The decision by Senator Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker to acknowledge the fact that Trump They are not willing to give up any of their freedom to manipulate after working on acquiring it for so long and I

Bob Corker , retiring Republican senator from Tennessee and chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, has been earning Twitter plaudits for his sorties against President Trump . As Talleyrand, that French geopolitical master whom foreign policy hands should be able to quote, would say, "C'est

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.

Bob Corker Says Trump’s Recklessness Threatens ‘World War III’

  Bob Corker Says Trump’s Recklessness Threatens ‘World War III’ The powerful Republican senator’s remarks in an interview capped a remarkable day of sulfurous insults between him and the president.WASHINGTON — Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, charged in an interview on Sunday that President Trump was treating his office like “a reality show,” with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation “on the path to World War III.

Sen Bob Corker slammed Trump for treating the White House 'like a reality show' and warned that Corker , a respected moderate who once supported Trump , has emerged in recent months as one of the David Hasselhoff, 65, and fiancée Hayley Roberts, 37, look smitten as they hold hands while

Bob Corker didn’t hold back Sunday in response to President Donald Trump ’ s attacks over Twitter. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning,” Corker tweeted. Corker , who is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in August that Trump “has not yet been able to

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.”

GOP senator on Trump-Corker feud: 'Cool it'

  GOP senator on Trump-Corker feud: 'Cool it' Grassley said they should "stick to the issues."Grassley said he didn't think the rhetorical fight is "productive" and that the two men should "cool it.

If Senator Bob Corker believes Donald Trump can’t be trusted with the power he holds , shouldn’t he be Corker , after all, is not a passive spectator; he’s the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Tying Trump ’ s hands on nuclear weapons would be a far more aggressive step, but

War III,” according to Corker — who , for the record, is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations But even I have heard, first- hand , from Republican senators, representatives, and other dignitaries Now that Bob Corker , one-time supporter of Trump , has taken the commendable step of going public

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.”

Trump escalates feud with Corker

  Trump escalates feud with Corker President Donald Trump's public feud with a top Republican on Capitol Hill has entered the name-calling phase. Sen. Bob Corker, the retiring Republican chair of the Senate foreign relations committee, has engaged in a heated back-and-forth with Trump for days now, including in an interview with The New York Times where he said that he feared Trump was steering the nation "on the path to World War III."The President, a politician whose mantra has long been to hit back harder than someone hits him, is now treating Corker like he did his primary opponents: By giving him a nickname.

As of now, he retains overwhelming support within Republican ranks, and because of that support, the men and women who would hold his fate in their hands —the As for the three senators who have been most thunderous in their denunciations of Trump , Tennessee’ s Bob Corker and Arizona’ s Jeff

WASHINGTON — Senator Bob Corker , the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign “He concerns me,” Mr. Corker added. “He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation.” Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.” The senator, Mr. Trump said, had “begged” for

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.

Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call on your iPhone or your Android.

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.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!