In a “Meet the Press” interview on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, Senator Bob Corker says he does not regret the words he uttered against President Donald J. Trump. In August 2017, the senator said: “The President has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful.” The senator also said, when meeting with the president a week ago, he stood by statements made by Trump.
Corker has not been a fan of President Trump and announced his retirement on Tuesday. His departure came as a surprise and will be a loss for the establishment leadership. Before the announcement, Steve Bannon, former Trump strategist, publicly announced he would seek a primary challenger to run against Corker.
Bannon is going after at least five Republican senators, including Dean Heller of Nevada, Roger Wicker of Alabama, and Jeff Flake of Arizona. He had also targeted Senator Luther Strange of Alabama. With the election of Judge Ray Moore to the U.S. Senate, in September 2017, that fight has already been won. Corker’s retirement could be considered another win against the establishment.
The outgoing senator had pledged to voters, in 2006, that he would only seek two terms. The senator admitted he considered breaking his promise and seek re-election in 2018. Ultimately, the senator chose to honor his word saying that he had always been drawn to the citizen legislator model.
Tennessee is expected to draw a fiery contested primary between an establishment candidate and a more conservative type. Trump’s slogan of “drain the swamp” is taking hold.
By Laurel Fee
Edited by Jeanette Smith
CNN Politics: Corker: ‘I stand by’ my criticism of Trump
Business Insider: Steve Bannon is recruiting a challenger for a GOP senator who has feuded with Trump
The Mercury News: GOP Sen. Corker won’t seek reelection
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