Two-term Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee announced on Wednesday that he would not seek reelection in 2018. But Corker made real headlines this week for his remarks in response to an NBC News report that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had nearly resigned after numerous heated disagreements with President Trump.
Sen. Corker took the opportunity to expand on his views of the Trump administration and the fragile state of America’s stability and standing in the world under the current president.
“In the old days, NO member of the majority party with as many prominent committee seats as Corker would have even considered retiring. It just wasn’t done,” notes CNN’s Chris Cillizza.
As Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Corker has worked extensively with Sec. Tillerson, whom, he says, is not getting the support he needs to effectively negotiate diplomatic solutions to some of the world’s more dangerous situations.
While he would not disclose the details of their conversations, Corker did make it clear that he believed Sec. Tillerson, along with Gens. John Kelly and James Mattis, were the only ones in the current administration who were helping to “separate our country safe from chaos.”
When asked whether he was referring to Trump with his use of the word “chaos,” Corker had this to say:
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This isn’t the first time Sen. Corker has publicly criticized the president. Back in August, Corker raised eyebrows when he said, “The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability, nor some of the competence, that he needs to demonstrate in order for him to be successful.”
On Wednesday, Corker clarified his position, adding that these three men “work very well together to make sure that the policies we put forth around the world are sound and coherent. There are other people within the administration, in my belief, that don’t. Okay? I’m sorry.”
Corker’s comments come in the wake of several news reports demonstrating that the relationship between the president and his Secretary of State is deteriorating rapidly, especially after reports that Tillerson had called the president a “f∗cking moron” over the summer.
During his own impromptu press conference on Wednesday, Tillerson denied he had ever considered resigning but deliberately did not deny ever calling Trump a moron.
If only other senior members of the Republican Party could muster the courage to help save us from the Trump administration’s perilous “downward spiral” into modern oblivion.
– Danielle Bizzarro