I’ve been waiting for months for someone who has supported Trump in the past who finally can’t take it anymore. Can’t pretend Trump’s administration is doing well. That person turns out to be one Senator Bob Corker who, to the New York Times, “charged in an interview on Sunday that President Trump was treating his office like “a reality show,” with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation “on the path to World War III.”
If you haven’t heard of the tweet hand grenade exchange this weekend between Corker and Trump, it ended with Corker writing: “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”
Can you guess the adult who requires day care?
You could say Corker started it with some criticisms of Trump’s handling of the Charlottesville protest last May, suggesting his comments were not up to the standards of a president. That he needed to up his game.
Much more recently Corker referred to the trio of Secretary of Defense Mattis, Chief of Staff Kelly and Secretary of State Tillerson as what keeps the White House from falling into chaos, not something the blister thin skin of “our” president could take, so Trump went to tweeting to tear Corker down, which led to Corker’s reply above.
In typical Trump fashion, he is so intent on getting back at Corker that he pays no attention to the importance of having the senator as an ally in congress if he actually wants to get anything done. I believe Trump doesn’t ultimately care what he accomplishes as long as we all stay riveted to his “show” and he can makes us believe he’s accomplishing a lot. And where that fails to place blame on someone else, the reverse of Harry Truman’s the “buck stops here”. With Trump the buck stops anywhere except with him.
I urge you to read the notes of the interview with Corker in the New York Times. Because Corker is the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and also on the Senate Budget Committee, this fall out between Trump and him could have numerous ramifications on what gets passed in congress and how our foreign relations develop, especially with North Korea and Iran.