Tuesday was yet another head-shaking news experience on Capitol Hill.
Trump’s plan would probably increase it. Republicans hold a slim 52-48 majority in the Senate, making defections costly. Bob Corker on Tuesday morning, saying the Tennessee Republican couldn’t be elected “dog catcher” in a series of tweets. Said Andy Surabian, former Bannon adviser and now senior adviser to the Great America Alliance “Today’s announcement from Sen”.
Jeff Flake of Arizona admitted that he faced an uphill battle for the nomination next year, given the target on his back because of his frequent criticisms of a president beloved by the party’s rank-and-file.
And what it highlighted even more clearly were the growing divisions within the GOP on President Donald Trump.
Raju asked Corker directly if he thought Trump was a good role model for kids. “We all know better than that”. “By now, we all know better than that”.
While Trump is often petty, the public fight between one of the most powerful senators and a failing president has serious repercussions for Republicans’ agenda and the future of the GOP.
President Trump responded quickly, sending five tweets about Senator Corker in two hours, saying he’d be “un-electable as a dog catcher”, a “lightweight”, and “set the USA way back”.
The Twitter feud started on October 8 when the president tweeted, “Senator Bob Corker “begged” me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee”.
“You would think he would try to focus on things where there wasn’t a witness, but the whole world is a witness to these untruths”, Corker said.
“I’d like to hear him reinforce the movement to get something done”, said Sen.
McConnell dodged multiple questions about Trump’s feud with Corker and other top senators after the meeting, arguing they are “distractions” that garner the media’s attention. Corker’s also the guy who said Obama’s camp got “fleeced” in the deal.
Trump said, in one of several tweets about Corker he sent Tuesday.
“You would think he would aspire to be the president of the United States and act like a president of the United States”.
“If we get this fast, which I really believe we will because we have to as a country, it’s going to bring back, I would say, four trillion dollars back into this country”, Trump said. “He was nobody’s choirboy”.
Trump floated the idea of linking tax reform and infrastructure together just last week during a meeting at the White House with members of the Senate Finance Committee.
“The White House has the ball right now”, said Sen. “We have got to get that done”.
“We must never regard as “normal” the regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals”, Flake said. Pat Roberts (R-KS).
“The president has great difficulty with the truth on many issues”, Corker said in a CNN interview at the Capitol, hours before Trump met with him and other senators to seek consensus on a tax reform plan.
The divide in the GOP left some political commentators aghast.
When Republicans were pushing a healthcare overhaul, Trump hosted a White House Rose Garden ceremony to celebrate passage of the House’s healthcare bill.
Others were more eager for Trump to discuss health care.
“Drain the swamp”, one wrote me on Twitter. I’m for all of those things.
“I want him to tell us to do our job”, said Sen.
McConnell has defended his members and pushed back on efforts to oust incumbents, noting that many insurgent primary candidates cost Republicans Senate victories in 2010 and 2012.
Suddenly, a protester emerged from the press scrum, loudly screaming “Trump is treason!” and throwing a handful of Russian flags with Trump’s name on them in the direction of the president.
And it’s not quite clear where this GOP tussle is going.
As the deadline nears for producing a tax reform bill, Republicans are struggling to find enough new sources of revenue in the tax code to offset part of the almost $4 billion cost of massive tax cuts for corporations and individuals.