' We're on the Right Path': Trump Responds to Senator Corker's WWIII Accusations

Tax plan puts swing-state Republicans in tough spot MORE (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday, saying the GOP lawmaker was partially responsible for the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran and refusing to say whether the retiring Corker should resign immediately.

The President, a politician whose mantra has always been to hit back harder than someone hits him, is now treating Corker like he did his primary opponents: By giving him a nickname. He argued that President Barack Obama should have made the seven-nation pact a treaty subject to approval by the Senate. The legislation also would have stopped the deal from moving forward if that effort got enough votes.

Corker is a member of Trump's party and as chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he's a leading voice on foreign policy issues.

Corker that evening spoke with New York Times reporters and said he is concerned that Trump is running his White House and the federal government like "a reality show".

In that interview, which followed a scathing back-and-forth between Trump and Corker earlier in the day, Corker suggested that Trump's actions could prompt World War III and said he does not "know why the president tweets out things that are not true".

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However, Trump is alleged to have remarked to associates that Corker, whose height is 5-foot-7, was too short for the top diplomat position.

"The President called Senator Corker on Monday afternoon and asked him to reconsider his decision not to seek re-election and reaffirmed that he would have endorsed him, as he has said many times", Womack said in a statement.

Both Trump and Corker entered politics after careers as business executives, both in real estate and construction, and their shared backgrounds gave them a level of mutual understanding at a time when few in Congress can claim to understand the president's motivations.

"I don't think so".

Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said Sunday that he thinks Corker feels free to speak his mind now that he is not seeking reelection.

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