Republicans to Trump and Corker: Please just stop

Violet Powell
October 12, 2017

Bob Corker, sending an unmistakable signal to other Republicans that public criticism of President Trump will be met with a fierce public scolding.

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". Instead, Trump said the country was "on the wrong path before" on the North Korea threat.

Corker punctuated this by telling the Times that "except for a few people, the vast majority of our caucus" - meaning, of the Senate's 52 Republicans - "understands what we're dealing with here". If it has any hope of continuing to offer itself as a steady hand on the tiller, more Republicans must follow Corker - rhetorically and, ultimately, electorally.

As Trump looks for his first major legislative victory, Corker's vote will be crucial on issues such as the coming tax overhaul bill. "I understand we're on the record".

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House Speaker Paul Ryan wants a fundamental reform of the tax system but may have to settle for temporary tax cuts that expire in 10 years because of House rules. The Tennessee senator had asked the journalist to record their conversation and said that his staff was recording as well. "I think we are well on our way".

Some top Republicans are already sending mixed messages in their complaints about the Trump tax plan, even though the final version of the revenue reform measure has yet to be written. Corker also helped tutor Trump on foreign affairs, and he in turn considered the senator as a possible running mate and secretary of state. Trump believes USA corporations are the highest taxed in the world and that the people of the United States desperately want to be relieved of burdensome taxes. Corker had been an ally and personal friend to the president before they developed a public feud on social media.

Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said Sunday that he thinks Corker feels free to speak his mind now that he is not seeking reelection.

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