Politics Trump escalates feud with Corker

17:26  10 october  2017
17:26  10 october  2017 Source:   CNN

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Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) questions Secretary of State John Kerry, during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, on Capitol Hill February 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. © Mark Wilson/Getty Images Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) questions Secretary of State John Kerry, during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, on Capitol Hill February 23, 2016 in Washington, DC.

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.

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× Recommended For You Powered by Sailthru. Trump escalates feud with 'Liddle Bob Corker ' over New York Times interview in which he said Trump could prompt World War III.

President Trump 's feud with a retiring GOP senator became heated on Sunday when the two exchanged increasingly personal insults on Twitter. The war of words escalated early Sunday when Trump in a series of tweets claimed Corker sought the president's endorsement for his reelection bid

"The Failing @nytimes set Liddle' Bob Corker up by recording his conversation," Trump tweeted on Tuesday. "Was made to sound a fool, and that's what I am dealing with!"

Trump labeling Corker "liddle" is a throwback to the 2016 campaign, when he gave Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, then a presidential candidate himself, the same moniker.

"I'm the writer," Trump told New York magazine in 2016. "Let me start with Little Marco. He just looked like Little Marco to me. And it's not Little. It's Liddle. L-I-D-D-L-E. And it's not L-Y-I-N-G Ted Cruz. It's L-Y-I-N apostrophe. Ted's a liar, so that was easy."

The feud between Corker and Trump had escalated this weekend when the President tweeted that the outgoing senator "begged" for his endorsement before declining to run for re-election.

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While Corker didn't address Trump 's claims, a source familiar with the matter said that when Trump and Corker met in September, the president said he would endorse and campaign for Corker if he ran again.

"He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said 'NO THANKS.' He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal," Trump tweeted. "Hence, I would fully expect Corker to be a negative voice and stand in the way of our great agenda. Didn't have the guts to run!"

Todd Womack, Corker's chief of staff, denied the claim later in the day.

"The President called Senator Corker on Monday afternoon and asked him to reconsider his decision not to seek re-election and reaffirmed that he would have endorsed him, as he has said many times," Womack said in a statement.

Corker, in the New York Times interview, said that Trump is acting "like he's doing 'The Apprentice' or something," and added that he could set the nation "on the path to World War III."

The comment comes a week after Corker jabbed Trump, stating that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly "help separate our country from chaos."

The clash between Corker and Trump highlights fraying relations between the President and the men and women in Congress who the White House needs to deliver on the agenda Trump ran on. In response to Corker's comments, Steve Bannon, Trump's former chief strategist, called on the senator to resign.

"If Bob Corker has any honor, any decency, he should resign immediately," Bannon said in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Monday night.

GOP demanded say on Iran deal, changing it won't be easy .
Republicans demanded a major say on the Iran nuclear agreement two years ago and never got it from Democrat Barack Obama. Now that President Donald Trump has directed Congress to make the international pact more stringent, the GOP is finding it won't be easy.Republicans will have to win over skeptical Democrats and key allies in Europe who are wary of altering the accord that they believe has prevented Iran from assembling an arsenal of atomic weapons in exchange for lifting economic sanctions. Republican leaders also may face resistance from members of their own party.

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