The war of words between U.S. President Donald Trump and Republican Senator Bob Corker escalating Monday, with Corker firing the latest shot – telling The New York Times that Trump is treating the presidency like ‘a reality show,’ with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the U.S. ‘on the path to World War III.’ Lisa Bernhard reports
WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (CBS / DC POOL / REUTERS) – The war of WORDS between President Trump and Republican Senator Bob Corker ESCALATING on Monday with a warning of REAL WAR.
In an interview with The New York Times, Corker saying Trump is treating his office like ‘a reality show,’ with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the U.S., quote, ‘on the path to World War III.’
Corker adding, ‘He concerns me. He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation.’
The interview coming after a Sunday tweet storm in which Trump lashed out at the Tennessee Senator, a former ally who last week offered these troubling words about the White House state of affairs.
SENATOR BOB CORKER,
“I think Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Mattis and chief of staff Kelly are those people that help separate our country from chaos.”
After those remarks, Corker – who recently announced he will not seek re-election in 2018 – found himself on the receiving end of a Trump Twitter attack.
“Bob Corker begged me to endorse him. I said no and he dropped out.”
Trump also tweeting that Corker wanted to be his Secretary of State but ‘I said ‘NO THANKS” – then blaming the Senator for the quote ‘horrendous’ nuclear deal with Iran.
Corker telling the Times, ‘I don’t know why the President tweets out things that are not true. You know he does it, everyone knows he does it, but he does.’
It wasn’t always like this. Corker supported Trump in the 2016 election, and was briefly in the running for vice president, seen as a possible bridge between Trump and the Republican establishment.