United States President Donald Trump attacked fellow Republican Bob Corker on Sunday via Twitter by implying the senator would not win a re-election in Tennessee without his support.
Using his most popular form of communication, Mr Trump said the US senator had begged for an endorsement, which the president had refused, resulting in Corker dropping out. This is according to Trump via three tweets starting at 9:59 am ET.
Corker, however, responded with his own tweet, without specifically tagging or referencing the president by name.
Corker is a top Republican in the US Senate, serving as the chair of the foriegn relations committee. The long-serving senator was a key supporter of Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign but has since become a vocal critic. He was considered by the Trump administration for both vice-president and secretary of state.
Corker is a staunch defender of the Iran nuclear proliferation deal between Tehren, Washington and six other major nations that was put in place by the administration of former President Barack Obama.
The popular senator said on Sept 26 that he would retire after his second term ran out in 2018, before the midterms elect new officials. He has held the junoir senator position in Tenessesee since 2006, and gained a solid 60% of the vote in his successful 2012 re-election.
Corker is considered a popular establishment Republican, a base of politicians that Trump is accused of constantly attacking.
“The most important public service I have to offer our country could well occur over the next 15 months,” the senator said in announcing his retirement.
“I want to be able to do that as thoughtfully and independently as I did the first 10 years and nine months of my Senate career.”
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