Trump criticizes Sen. Corker; Corker fights back

Donald Trump (Left) and Senator Bob Corker (Right) (AP)

UPDATE:

8:50 a.m. President Trump tweeted Tuesday morning about the Republican senator from Tennessee.


WASHINGTON (WATE/AP) — An enraged President Donald Trump and a prominent Republican senator who fears the country could be edging toward “chaos” have been engaging in an intense back-and-forth bashing on social media. It was a remarkable airing of their party’s profound rifts.

In their social media argument, the GOP’s foreign policy expert in the Senate, Sen. Bob Corker, felt compelled to answer his president’s barbs by tweeting Sunday: “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”

Trump earlier had laid bare his perceived grievances against the retiring Tennessee lawmaker, in a series of stinging tweets that accused Corker of lacking the guts to run for re-election, among other things.

Corker decided not to run for another term in September. He first ran for Senate in 2006 and said he could not see himself serving more than two terms.

Related: Sen. Bob Corker will not seek reelection

“I think if you’re going to argue in public, you need to argue like adults,” Buddy Burkhardt, Knox County Republican Party Chair, said.

Burkhardt said though the fighting is not petty, he thinks the pair will still come out of this as friends.

“When Corker [visited Knoxville], he talked a lot about his time with Donald Trump, and a lot about the time he spent talking with him over the phone and at dinner,” he said. “Yeah they argue. They’re two strong-willed men trying to get things done and at times have different opinions.”

Fellow Senator from Tennessee Lamar Alexander echoed his assessment, saying in an August interview that Corker is one of the president’s strongest allies in Congress.

“There’s no senator who Donald Trump talks to more than Bob Corker,” Sen. Alexander said. “I know that for a fact. They have great respect for each other.”

But some voters said Trump’s Twitter wars are concerning.

“I think he’s causing a lot of problems for the American people,” Jean Penny said, “and I think it would be better if he didn’t say as much as he did and censured it a little bit more.”

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