Sen. Corker: GOP Afraid to 'Poke the Bear' by Challenging Trump

Corker Unloads on Republicans for Being Afraid of Trump

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Bob Corker on Tuesday ripped into his fellow Republican on the Senate floor over general frustration that GOP leadership blocked a vote on legislation that would give Congress the ability to veto certain tariffs imposed by the president.

Corker's legislation, written in response to Trump's recent tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, would have required congressional approval of so-called "Section 232" tariffs, which are issued in the name of protecting national security.

"We as senators, we're anxious somehow that this guy, gosh almighty, I heard the senior senator from Texas [John Cornyn] saying the other day, 'Well, gosh, we might upset the president".

"I can't believe it".

"He continued: "'We might poke the bear!' is the language I've been hearing in the hallways. "'The president might get upset with us as United States senators if we vote on the Corker Amendment, so we're going to do whatever we can to block it!'"

"We are in a odd place", Corker said, according to MSNBC's Garrett Haake. Instead, after he was played a clip of Corker's remarks, he said, "you know what, if it's a cult, it's because they like what my father is doing". "I've never before had a question of allegiance to a person, rather than allegiance to the flag and Constitution, and to a degree that's what this race came down to".

Corker was particularly annoyed at Republican leadership for squashing his proposal to reel in Trump's powers to slap tariffs on key USA allies on national security grounds. If people don't like it, they can vote up or down.

The Oklahoma Republican said he did not like when Senators try to put amendments like Corker's in must-pass legislation. We can't do that because we'd be upsetting the president, the president of the United States. Mitch McConnell being Majority Leader with a Republican president, there has been only one amendment vote. "And so let's don't do anything that might upset the president'". James Inhofe (R-Okla.) objected, stalling Corker's effort.



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