Senator Bob Corker said that Donald Trump risks sparking World War III with his threats to other countries. Corker also claimed the president is acting as if the presidency is “a reality show” and as if “he is doing ‘The Apprentice,’” adding that he is concerned by his behavior, The Hill reports.
The Senator’s comments followed Trump’s attacks on Twitter on Sunday, when he posted the following: “Senator Bob Corker ‘begged’ me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said ‘NO’ and he dropped out (said he could not win without…..my endorsement). He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said ‘NO THANKS.’ He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal!”
Corker denied this was true, saying that the president himself had asked him to run and assured Corker he would endorse him if he did. The Senator, who is also the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, considers the president a political novice prone to hasty threats and outbursts which pose a considerable risk to the country.
The president’s dispute with the Senator comes at a time crucial for Trump who depends on Corker’s vote in passing a tax code overhaul. In case Democrats all vote against the tax bill, Trump can only allow himself to lose two of the possible 52 Republican votes in the Senate.
Corker could once again have a pivotal role if the president decides to decertify the Iran deal and leaves it up to Congress to determine whether to reimpose sanctions on Tehran. In that case, the Republican senator would have to balance between those opposing the deal and those in favor of it in the possible bipartisan debate that would follow.