White House Slams Corker, Escalating 'Surreal" Feud As NYT Releases Part Of Phone Recording

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The "surreal" feud between president Donald Trump and Senator Bob Corker - as defined yesterday by Cowen analyst Chris Krueger - escalated on Tuesday, when the White House said the outgoing GOP senator was partially responsible for the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran but refused to say whether the retiring Corker should resign immediately. “Senator Corker worked with Nancy Pelosi and the Obama administration to pave the way for that and rolled out the red carpet for the Iran deal,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during today's briefing.

As The Hill adds, reporters pressed Sanders on the claim, noting that Corker originally opposed the deal and that he led a bipartisan effort on Capitol Hill to have the deal reviewed by Congress, against Obama’s wishes.

“He worked with them on the legislation that rolled that out,” Sanders responded. “That's what helped I think put things in motion. He may have voted against the deal ultimately, but he not only allowed the deal to happen, he gave it credibility. I stand by my statement.”

Adding fuel to the fire, Sanders criticized Corker throughout the press conference.  Asked if Corker should resign, as former Trump chief strategist Stephen Bannon suggested previously,  Sanders responded "I think that’s a decision for Sen. Corker and the people of Tennessee."

The feud between the President and the Senator resumed this morning, when Trump on Tuesday claimed The New York Times set up Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) to look like a fool — by recording an interview.

"The Failing @nytimes set Liddle' Bob Corker up by recording his conversation," Trump tweeted. "Was made to sound a fool, and that's what I am dealing with!"

As a reminder, in the interview Corker ripped Trump suggesting the president was unstable and that his threats to other countries risked putting the U.S. "on the path to World War III."

Trump's tweet prompted the NYT to respond

In an article on Tuesday, the NYT's Jonathan Martin clarified that "far from being set up, Mr. Corker asked that I tape our conversation. “I know they’re recording it, and I hope you are, too."

President Trump claimed on Twitter today that The Times “set Liddle’ Bob Corker up by recording his conversation.” Mr. Trump was referring to our interview Sunday with Mr. Corker, the Tennessee Republican and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in which he said Mr. Trump was recklessly tempting “World War III,” treating the presidency “like he’s doing ‘The Apprentice’ or something” and required constant supervision by his own staff.


As the reporter who conducted the 25-minute telephone interview with Mr. Corker, I thought I would offer more insight about what actually transpired.


Far from being set up, Mr. Corker asked that I tape our conversation.


“I know they’re recording it, and I hope you are, too,” he said as two of his aides listened in on other lines, one of them also taping the interview.


As with most on-the-record discussions with an elected official, I was recording our conversation to ensure accuracy.


And after Mr. Corker got off the phone, his two aides made sure I had recorded the call. Like the senator, they wanted to ensure his extraordinary charges were precisely captured.


As Mr. Corker noted in our interview, his comments were only the latest, and sharpest, critique he had made of Mr. Trump this year.

Trump’s accusation escalates his feud with Corker, a onetime ally and an influential member of the upper chamber. The president responded last weekend by claiming Corker had begged him for his endorsement but that he had declined. Corker shot back, saying the White House had become "an adult day care center."

Far from merely a verbal spat, the rising antagonism between the two politicians could endanger Trump’s effort to pass an overhaul of the tax code. As reported yesterday, Trump can only afford to lose two GOP senators, and Corker told the Times that he would not support a plan that blows a hole in the federal budget.

Corker also chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and could have a major say over the future of the Iran nuclear deal, which the president is expected to decertify in the coming days.

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wisehiney's picture

Mr Goodell-Corker

ElTerco's picture

This is exactly the kind of governance we *don't* want from the White House. The kind found in George Orwell's book, 1984.

ElTerco's picture

Whoever downvoted me, you *like* being lied to by the government? Sarah was flat out lying.

Bill of Rights's picture

Really? where the fuck you been the last eight years or better...Hiding under your bed.

ElTerco's picture

Oh, so since the Obama administration lied, the Trump administration should, too? What kind of twisted fuck would think that?

Bill of Rights's picture

Thanks for proving my point...fucken retard...And wipe your chin we can still see the dust where Obama's balls were sitting.

ElTerco's picture

Hey asshole, I voted for Romney, so fuck you for being deranged.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Cruz: Trump is an 'utterly amoral' bully, narcissist, pathological liar…..Trump as president, this country could plunge into the abyss…. 

I hate to have to agree with Cruz, but Cruz might be proved right.



Billy the Poet's picture

What specifically do you expect to happen? "Abyss" sounds terrifying! Do tell.

Son of Loki's picture

Corker, like McShame are disgraceful.

Both should resign and let an American non-Swamp person take their place.

Abradolf Lincler's picture

That's not how any of this works....It's a representative democracy. You VOTE you fuckin numbnut. How do you have so many upvotes? Too many Trumptards on this site.  

TheLastTrump's picture

It's not a Democracy at all you unlearned ignorant Democrat shill.


How this works is exactly what he said....men of conscience bow out so other better men can replace them, for the good of the Republic.



overbet's picture

Havent we been in the abyss for a long while? Forgot anything else. 

Escrava Isaura's picture

I hate to talk abstractly, because it’s hard to come to a common ground. I prefer to tackle/discuss one issue at a time.

In any event, these are the key events that I am expecting:

Trumps Presidency to be a major failure, and Trump will lash out by calling everyone that disagree with him un-American.

Major losses for the Republican Party at 2018 election.

Trump’s base might turn violent. If they do, they will be crushed.


Arnold's picture

"...might turn violent."?

Just what are you projecting today, Mx?

Billy the Poet's picture

Liberals are already in the streets and acting violently. That among other things makes me think that the Republicans will gain seats (and lose RINOs) in the next cycle.

Surely you understand that the behavior of liberals since the election has driven folks away rather than attracting them. The Democrats had better learn a lesson from the NFL if they want to remain in business.

FreedomWriter's picture

Of course he doesn't realize this. It is called "Liberal Derangement Syndrome". Although there is no known cure, special elections hold out some promise.


Rockatanski's picture

crushed by whom? the antifa gang? those chicken shits couldnt fight their way out of a wet paper bag.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Get real.

Deep state is more than half of US economy. Financials alone is way over 30 percent.

Second, US deep state has guns, tanks, bombs, and so on. No one stand a chance against US deep state by using violence. You’ll be killed in 5 minutes.

I put my money in your grandma defeating the US deep state with a pan in the street than any of your guys and your guns.  



Billy the Poet's picture

Why do you prefer to support the Deep State rather than your fellow Americans?

HockeyFool's picture

Because he's not an American

TheLastTrump's picture

Standard ploy, shill negativity to lower enemy morale. I so get you.

FreedomWriter's picture

Just replace "failure" with "success", "lash out" with "lead", "un-American" with "American", "Republican" with "Democrat", and "Trump" with "Hillary" and you will be spot on.


kindasketchy's picture

HA-HA! Maybe you should replace your medication with something that works. "Trump's 'success'", that's a good one. 

Billy the Poet's picture

That certainly looked like a success for Trump on November 8. Let's go to the tape:


Trump Wins Pennsylvania in Stunning Defeat for Clinton


kindasketchy's picture

"Trump will lash out by calling everyone that disagree with him un-American."


Much like his supporters here on ZH. The ones who refuse to recognize that they've been duped. Instead, everything Trump does is a "WIN!" and anyone who disagrees is a libtard. They're as bad as the Obamabots or Hillary Schills.

Billy the Poet's picture

I voted for Trump because he's a jackass. You claim I've been duped. Explain.

newdoobie's picture

Boom, coudn't have said it better!

TheLastTrump's picture

Not everything Trump has done is winning, he's logged a few stinkers, sure.


See, your post is basically telling Trump voters that they fucked up and elected the wrong person. We've been hearing that bullshit a loooong time now and of course it's complete bullshit. We've been watching Trump win for US for long enough to know that we made the right choice.


You're just another pissy internet meme jockey without enough brain cells to make considered fairminded opinions.


You anti Trump people sound EXACTLY LIKE LIBERALS so why wouldn't others assume your'e liberal scum? Un American liberal scum, the kind that want to rip down historical statues, disrespect our military, flag and anthem. Fuck you and your internet InfoWars memes. Tired of your feebleminded crap.



Oldwood's picture

Trump always punches back. Corker knew this before he started running his mouth. These guys have no need to say ANYTHING derogatory about Trump, but they DO. They just can't help themselves. Running to the Times added no credibility to his position. He might as well have run to Pelosi's busom for comfort. They truly have no idea what they are doing. All they know is they believe their salvation comes from Trump's destruction. And it always blows back on them...pissing into the wind....just LOOK at your shoes!

Billy the Poet's picture

That's the beauty part. Trump isn't playing inter-dimensional chess but there does seem to be some surly sort of magic about it all.

I think it could be as simple as regular folks being glad that someone's finally calling bullshit on government and media even if he's a jackass himself.

Zorba's idea's picture

Which Cruz are you quoting Ted or Hector? It's rather germane to your point..

Oldwood's picture

Cruz turned out to have a few problems of his own. We all want to believe our adopted heroes are pure and above the fray, but THAT is delusion. Trump is not above ANY fray, and I'm damned glad of it. We cannot stand for the corruption and capitulation rampant in government any longer. These people, even the best of them, believe that they MUST retain office to do "our" work, when in reality they sell their souls, the ends continuously and unendingly justifying the means. It's like watching a film of criminals on a murdering rampage taking out each other's gang members.

TheLastTrump's picture

Someone is still pissy about losing.


What did Trump call Cruz, anyway? I forget.

Yog Soggoth's picture

Great source (sarc). Did you vote for Romney too? Theirs is a sect of morman that were so wierd that they actually got kicked out of the USA, entered back illegally, and went straight to politics because Mitt is blood related to 6 presidents. Cruz is a Canadian/Cuban spy. You, like all the other naysayers, have no proof of trump being the things you say. C'mon essay, give us the scoop. We're waiting. Links please.

Bill of Rights's picture

Oh Im sorry to hear that...


Thats Mr Asshole to you...for future use.

Zorba's idea's picture

You voted For "Mit-Wit and Lying Ryan"...two classic establishment whores? What village are you from...Liliputian!

FreedomWriter's picture

You mean Roof-Top Kennelmaster? Mister 47%? Another excellent choice for the American people. Hard to say who was worse in 2012.

Rockatanski's picture

Romney!!!! hahahahahaaaa tool. that fuck was a RINO at the least and a huge asshole.

Cardinal Fang's picture

Ha, your post made me think that the Deep State probably regrets choosing Obama over Romney in 2012.

That faux pas led to the rise of Trumpism.

I bet Trump's White House generals are face palming over this Corker shit and having kittens over the new look at the Iranian Deal.

Every fuck job move by Kim makes Trump Realize he will be dealing with the same shit from whoever is Ayatollah in Iran over the next few years.

He doesn't want to deal with that bullshit either.

Oldwood's picture

Corruption ALWAYS goes too far. Ask Harvey.

TheLastTrump's picture

No, fuck you for chiming in with liberal trolls then claiming you're a conservative voter.


You're a leftist no matter how you've been voting. You're not alone in the Republican party....


We've bypassed you.

ElTerco's picture

Not a conservative voter. A rational voter. I always vote against the biggest dipshit. The biggest dipshit in 2012 was Obama, and in 2016 it was Trump.

Cardinal Fang's picture

Um, if your assessment was that Hillary was a lesser dipshit than Trump, you have shown your judgment to be suspect.

You have less credibility with this statement than he one where you said you voted for Romney.

Sorta downward spiral - like.

Next, you will say that you voted for McCain in the NH primary in 2008.


ElTerco's picture

The only way to settle this is to see where the USA is at when Trump's term expires. If it's better than when he started, I'll admit I chose wrong.

Anyone who thinks Trump is in there for them instead of in it for himself is likely in for a rude awakening.

TheLastTrump's picture

You say.


You love anything Trump negative. Fuck off, you're common .

Zorba's idea's picture

Hahaha! You think its OUR White House???  Thats as Hilarious as it is Ridiculous! 

max2205's picture

All of CONgress needs to resign... proven to be unable and unqualified for the job.... What the hell have they done in 9 fucking years?!!