Why POTUS Unloaded on a Senator From Tennessee — Twitter Tracker

Posted August 28, 2017

The Tennessee senator's striking critique of the president, which has been replayed repeatedly on cable television, and now the White House's rebuke of him, captured as well as anything the disintegrating relationship between Trump and his party in Congress.

In Chattanooga, Tenn., last week, Corker leveled harsh criticism at the president.

Trump tweeted that Corker's recent statement questioning his fitness for the presidency was "strange", since the senator asks him about running again in 2018.

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Trump has repeatedly criticized Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, for not seeking to eliminate the filibuster and for the Senate's failure to pass a health care bill, and made critical comments about Senators Lindsey Graham of SC, and Jeff Flake and John McCain of Arizona.

"He was clearly frustrated", one person said of Trump's call with Corker earlier this month. He's the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and was once considered to be Trump's secretary of state. "Tennessee not happy!" Trump tweeted. Corker called the ad tacky and said it should stop running, but it took the RNC almost a week to pull it off the air.

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"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 - and our nation and our world needs for him to be successful, whether you are Republican or Democrat", Corker reportedly said at a Rotary Club meeting in his district on August 17. CNN's Chris Cillizza says that Trump or his aides have attacked 20% of the Republican Senate caucus. At a Tuesday night rally in Phoenix, Trump went after - though not by name - Arizona's US senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, both Republicans. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. But Corker has raised more than $7 million for his re-election campaign and told reporters last week to expect an announcement in the near future.

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Trump has even appeared to actively champion a primary challenger to Flake, though he has not done so against other Republican senators, yet. He has publicly feuded with Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Corker. "I think the president was rather restrained in his tweet [about Corker] and was absolutely correct. A lot of us in Tennessee, quite frankly, are exhausted of it", Carr said.

But Trump came into office as the most unpopular new president in the history of modern polling and things have not improved, according to new polling data released Friday.

However, Womack did challenge an automated telephone survey of 663 Tennessee registered voters conducted by Public Policy Polling and funded by the liberal health care advocacy group Save My Care.

Surveys from this spring and summer, conducted by Vanderbilt University and the nonpartisan Morning Consult for Politico, showed Corker with 52 percent job approval.

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