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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and Republican senators (all times local):

9 a.m.

The tweets and counter-tweets are flying between Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee and President Donald Trump. After Corker went on NBC’s “Today” Tuesday and said Trump’s White House should let Congress decide how to pay for his tax cuts, Trump fired back.

Trump tweeted that Corker, who is retiring, “couldn’t get elected dog catcher in Tennessee.”

Corker took to his own Twitter account to respond, saying “same untruths from an utterly untruthful president. #AlertTheDaycareStaff.”

Corker, the Senate Foreign Relations chair, has previously dubbed the White House an “adult day care center” and charged that Trump could be setting the nation on a path to World War III. Trump has called Corker “Liddle’ Bob Corker.”


8:38 a.m.

President Donald Trump is accusing Sen. Bob Corker of fighting him on tax cuts, hours before he joins Corker and other Senate Republicans at their weekly Capitol luncheon.

Trump tweeted Tuesday that Corker decided to retire after Trump refused to endorse him “and now is only negative on anything Trump. Look at his record!”

The Associated Press has reported that Trump had urged Corker to run during a private meeting in September. Corker’s chief of staff also said Trump called and asked Corker to reconsider his decision to retire.

Trump also says in the tweet that Corker helped “give us the bad Iran Deal & couldn’t get elected dog catcher in Tennessee.”

Corker said on NBC’s “Today” Tuesday, before Trump tweeted, that Trump shouldn’t interfere with the work of lawmakers writing tax-cut legislation.


7:50 a.m.

Sen. Bob Corker says the White House should “step aside” and let Congress’ tax-writing committees figure out how to pay for the $1 trillion tax cut President Donald Trump wants to sign by the end of the year.

The Tennessee Republican tells NBC’s “Today” Tuesday that the tough, “spinach part” of the process is looming and suggests that recent White House decisions to take proposals off the table aren’t helping. On Monday, Trump ruled out changes to popular 401(k) retirement plans to help pay for the tax cut.

Corker, who has announced plans to retire and has been critical of Trump, says he hopes the White House will let the committees do their work in a “normal process.”

Trump heads to the Capitol on Tuesday to join Senate Republican lawmakers at their weekly policy luncheon.

On another topic, Corker, the Senate Foreign Relations chair, says Trump’s tweets and heated rhetoric on North Korea have raised tensions and undercut Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s diplomacy. “When you kneecap that effort,” Corker says, “you really move our country into a binary choice, which could lead to a world war.”


3:40 a.m.

President Donald Trump is planning lunch with GOP senators on Capitol Hill as congressional Republicans turn their focus to overhauling the tax code.

It’s to be Trump’s first appearance as president at the Senate Republicans’ regular Tuesday policy lunch. It comes as Trump has sparred with GOP senators such as John McCain of Arizona and Bob Corker of Tennessee, as well as with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — though McConnell and Trump had a joint press conference last week to try to smooth things over.

So the lunch has the potential for awkward moments. Nonetheless, Republicans and the Trump administration are determined to get tax legislation into law this year, and all sides seem to think they can unite around that goal.

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7 thoughts on “It’s Trump vs Corker As Twitter Battle Erupts

  1. Chump is acting like a petulant child who is playing the dozens and calling folks names.

    Corker and John McCain both spoke the Truth. McCain stepped all over Chump’s toes regarding his deferment from Vietnam due to some bogus foot issues.

    Chump’s father paid for his dumbass son to not have to go fight in Nam.!!!!!!!!
    That’s what RICH/ENTITLED WHITE MALES DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I luv it when members of Chumps own party fall out of favor with him!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Passing Through on said:

      You’re right, he’s been able to buy his way through life and that’s why he ain’t s**t as a human being or a president because you can’t buy integrity.

  2. specialt757 on said:

    Right again you guys. The republithugs didn’t necessarily like trump, but they had to win by any means necessary and they thought they would be able to control Frankenstein’s monster, the one they help create by their total hate and disrespect of Obama. But just like Dr. F, they can’t and he’s free to roam and destroy any good policy in his path. The thugs and kklans own this all by themselves. #wetriedtotellyou, #worstpresidentever!

  3. I watched this interview. He spoke his truth. Like Passing Through said, they elected this incompetent POS, now finally some
    of these republithugs have finally opened their eyes to the fact that 45 is unfit for the office of the presidency. Now the republicans are eating their own. I’m loving it. I’m just going to sit back and laugh at their dumbass.

  4. Passing Through on said:

    And all of you Obama hating racist help create this monster who’s now destroying your party. Yes, trumps is a liar that’s all he did on the campaign trail, he lied on President Obama repeatedly and you had no problem with that. Now he’s the head of your party his lies are a problems. All of you trump bashing RepubliKKKans can have seat.

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