After announcing his decision not seek re-election next year, the Tennessee Republican has suddenly become quite candid about his dissatisfaction with Trump. Last week Corker, who chairs the Senate foreign relations committee, said that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson — along with the band of generals currently serving the Trump administration — “separated” the U.S from “chaos,” strongly implying Trump was that chaos.
It took him a few days longer than usual, but Trump predictably responded to Corker’s comments with the anger of a despondent infant who was denied his favorite toy. Corker, wrote Trump, “begged” him to for an endorsement in the upcoming midterm elections. “I said ‘NO THANKS,’ and he dropped out (said he could not win without my endorsement” Trump tweeted.
Turns out, that’s a big fat lie. Who could have guessed? In a statement obtained by the Daily Beast, Corker’s chief of staff Todd Womack completely contradicted the president’s claim:
“The president called Senator Corker on Monday afternoon and asked him to reconsider his decision not to seek reelection and reaffirmed that he would have endorsed him, as he has said many times,” Womack said.
Sure sounds like Trump was the one “begging” Corker to reconsider his decision and not the other way around. In any case, freed from the burden of a re-election campaign, Corker could clearly care less about the president’s opinion. Shortly after Trump posted his Sunday morning rant, Corker tweeted that it was a shame the White House had become “an adult day care center.”
Corker, it’s worth noting, was described by one of his Democratic colleagues, Senator Brian Schatz, as someone who “chooses his words carefully.”