GOP rep: I don’t know where Trump-Corker feud came from – The Hill
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said on Tuesday that he’s baffled by the feud between President Trump and Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerDeficit hawks voice worry over direction of tax plan The Hill Interview: Budget Chair Black sticks around for now Overnight Finance: White House requests B for disaster relief | Ex-Equifax chief grilled over stock sales | House panel approves B for border wall | Tax plan puts swing-state Republicans in tough spot MORE (R-Tenn.), which erupted over the weekend.
“I’m concerned about some of the comments he makes, but also, at the same point, I don’t know where this all came from,” Kinzinger said on CNN’s “New Day.”
“I thought they got along actually pretty well, and then one day the president tweets against Corker, Corker tweets against the president,” he added. “And I literally woke up and go, ‘where did this feud come from?’ “
Trump blasted Corker on Sunday after the Tennessee Republican told reporters that a small group of Trump aides and advisers were keeping the U.S. from chaos.
The president tweeted that Corker had decided not to seek reelection in 2018 because Trump had declined to endorse him.
In another tweet, Trump said Corker “gave us the Iran deal,” referring to the United Nations-backed agreement aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program. Trump has derided the plan as “one of the worst deals” in U.S. history.
Corker fired back at the president in a tweet comparing the Trump White House to “an adult day care center.” He later told The New York Times that Trump’s threats toward other countries risk putting the U.S. “on the path to World War III.”
Kinzinger said Tuesday that he didn’t agree with Corker’s comments, but noted that the president’s unpredictable use of Twitter fuels concern among some people.
“I don’t share that level of concern with Mr. Corker,” he said. “But, you know, look, I think obviously there are some folks that are concerned with the tweeting that the president does. I mean, every morning you wake up and you see something new.”
During the 2016 campaign, Corker had briefly been considered to serve as Trump’s running mate. After Trump’s electoral victory, Corker was also under consideration for secretary of State.
The Tennessee Republican has voiced frustration with Trump in the past. After Trump’s equivocal statements in the wake of violent white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Va., in August, Corker said the president has not demonstrated the “stability” or “competence” necessary to be successful in office.