Trump Attacks Corker for Saying the President Hasn't Been Able to Demonstrate 'Competence'

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker
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August 25, 2017

President Donald Trump called out Republican Sen. Bob Corker (Tenn.) on Twitter on Friday after Corker criticized him during a Rotary Club meeting last week in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told local reporters and Rotary Club attendees last Thursday that there needs to be some "radical changes" in the White House for Trump to succeed, News Channel 9 reported.

"I think our president needs to take stock of the role that he plays in our nation and move beyond himself, move way beyond himself and move to a place where daily he's waking up thinking what is best for our nation," Corker said.

"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 said. "Our nation needs for him to be successful, it doesn't matter whether you're Republican or Democrat we need for our president, the world needs our president to be successful."

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pushed back against Corker's comments on Thursday, calling them "ridiculous and outrageous" at a press briefing.

Trump tweeted Friday that it was a "strange statement by Bob Corker considering that he is constantly asking me whether or not he should run again in '18."

"Tennessee not happy!" the president added.

Trump's message was the latest in a string of Twitter attacks against Republican lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.).