In case you were still wondering why Corker’s not running for reelection.
Check out John Bolton behind Corker, who seems to be enjoying the moment. Corker, you’ll remember, is the one who helped give Barack Obama his Iran nuclear agreement by giving him the cover of a congressional vote – legislation that said Congress had to disapprove the deal rather than approve it. You know, like, the opposite of what the Constitution prescribes.
Under threat of an arduous primary challenge backed by Steve Bannon, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., announced Tuesday he will not seek reelection.
Flake’s decision to retire follows that of Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who stood down as polls showed him below 50 percent with Republican voters in his state. Bannon was recruiting a primary challenger to run against Corker.
The former chief Trump White House strategist now has helped pressure two establishment Republican senators to step aside and make room for candidates more favorable to Trump. Corker and Flake are perhaps Trump’s harshest critics among Republicans in the Senate.
Flake, like Corker, had been struggling in the polls. According to the Arizona Republic, Flake acknowledged that political concerns were driving his decision:
He told The Arizona Republic ahead of his announcement that he has become convinced “there may not be a place for a Republican like me in the current Republican climate or the current Republican Party.”
Flake said he has not “soured on the Senate” and loves the institution, but that as a traditional, libertarian-leaning conservative Republican he is out of step with today’s Trump-dominated GOP.
“This spell will pass, but not by next year,” Flake said.
During an emotional speech on the Senate floor, Flake assailed Trump. “I rise today to say, ‘enough.’ We must dedicate ourselves to making sure that the anomalous never becomes the normal.”
Flake’s decision comes just one week after Bannon hosted a fundraiser for Flake challenger Kelli Ward.
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., today continued his feud with President Trump, accusing Trump of “stating untruths that everybody knows to be untrue.” In various interviews and appearances today, Corker said Trump will be remembered for “debasing the nation” and wouldn’t say whether he trusts Trump with the nuclear launch codes.
In various interviews and appearances today, Corker said Trump will be remembered for “debasing the nation,” and he wouldn’t say whether he trusts Trump with the nuclear launch codes.
Well, it’s certainly true that Trump can too often be found “stating untruths.” And his behavior can be uncouth, at a minimum. But American voters who elected Trump made their peace with this because they decided people like Corker were politely causing more trouble than Trump would.
Corker, you’ll remember, provided Barack Obama cover when he needed it to secure congressional acquiescence in the Iran deal, which eventually grants Iran nuclear weapons and possibly ENDS THE WORLD.
Now, what could be more dishonest than Corker’s sleight of hand, which required only one-third of the Senate to approve what was a de facto treaty instead of the two-thirds required under the Constitution? And what will be more debasing to the United States than an Iranian nuclear weapon landing on our heads?
President Trump Tuesday rebutted a contention by Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., that Trump’s “reckless” behavior was putting the United States on a path toward World War III.
Trump took questions today from reporters during a visit to the Oval Office by Henry Kissinger:
Question: Mr. President, is Senator Corker right that you’re putting the U.S. on the path to World War III?
Trump: We were on the wrong path before. All you have to do is take a look. If you look over the last 25 years through numerous administrations, we were on a path to a very big problem — a problem like this world has never seen. We’re on the right path right now, believe me.
He’s right. He’s exactly right. If anyone put us on a path toward World War III, it was Corker. He arranged things in the Senate so that instead of Barack Obama needing a two-thirds majority to approve the Iran treaty, as required under the Constitution, a two-thirds majority was needed to reject the deal. The agreement, of course, allows Iran to make nuclear weapons in about a decade.
Sounds like World War III to me.
Many who supported Trump worry about his rashness. But they believe he was well worth the risk.
The fact is that nothing has gotten us closer to the abyss, whether it’s the debt, ISIS, or nuclear weapons for North Korea and Iran, than the cool, calm heads that reign in the Washington establishment. These people ultimately believe that other countries think like we do and can be persuaded by reason. They can’t.
American voters reasoned that Trump is someone who won’t accept the status quo that is potentially leading us to doom. They decided he was bold enough and strong enough in his beliefs that he would do something to change it. He’s not a pussy, and he doesn’t assume that Ayatollah Khamenei “gets it.” And that makes Trump a lot less dangerous than Barack Obama, who was afraid to act and who didn’t understand other cultures as well as Trump does.
That’s right, Trump gets foreigners better than Obama.
Here’s Trump with Kissinger. Earlier, a crane had deposited Kissinger into his seat, where he awaited Trump.