Trump Falsely Claims Corker Was "Set Up" to Criticize Him During Interview

US President Donald J. Trump travels to North Carolina for a pair of fund raising events

In an early morning tweet, Trump accused the "failing New York Times" of "setting up" Corker, a reference to a scathing interview published Sunday night in which Corker expressed deep misgivings about Trump, questioned his stability as president, and anxious that his threats would launch the us into "World War III".

Blunt's comments followed a plea from GOP Sen.

Republicans have only a narrow majority in the Senate, and Trump's decision to go on the attack against Corker sparked immediate concern among supporters of the tax overhaul effort that the president's insults also could alienate other key lawmakers. It said one confidant of Mr Trump had likened the President to a "whistling teapot", adding that when he did not blow off steam, "he can turn into a pressure cooker and explode". "And it's encouraging that Marsha Blackburn is going to run and that Corker is going to retire". Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), claiming the onetime Trump ally "was made to sound a fool".

The Times recorded its on-the-record telephone interview with Corker, as is standard practice for interviews with top newsmakers, and audio clips of the conversation have been played repeatedly on cable news shows.

Another Democrat said to be considering a run for Corker's seat is longtime party activist and Nashville lawyer Larry Woods. But Trump's enduring popularity with a segment of the GOP base serves as a political muzzle that keeps most elected Republicans from saying anything similar, even those who believe it to be true. "They can't get anything done over there".

The ill will between Corker and Trump has been bubbling since at least August when the Tennessee senator, who previously defended the president, told reporters Trump has "not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs" to be successful.

Cooper, host of "Anderson Cooper 360, "took on the subject during his Monday night broadcast, breaking down the drama between Corker and Trump".

"Sen. Corker is an absolute disgrace", he said. The two later had it out in the Oval Office, but Mr. Corker stood by his words.

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