Trump blasts Corker, say senator 'begged' for his political support

Now Trump goes after retiring Sen. Bob Corker saying he 'begged' for the president's endorsement and 'didn't have the guts to run' without it

Trump's criticism of the senator of his own party comes after Bob Corker repeatedly criticized the United States president's policy, in particular, in regard to the response to the violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. This person said the president also reaffirmed that he would have endorsed Corker had he chose to run again - which, this person added, was not the first time that Trump had extended such an offer of support. "He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal!". The Iran deal went on to survive a GOP effort to kill it in the Senate thanks to a Democratic filibuster, not the support of Corker or any other Republican.

Corker, of Tennessee, was quick to respond with a tweet of his own.

Corker, who is not seeking re-election, responded with a stunning observation about the White House given its resident's penchant for Twitter outbursts outside of normal business hours.

He added: "Someone obviously missed their shift this morning".

Corker had previously said Trump urged him to run again at an earlier White House meeting.

Sunday was not the first time Mr Trump has tweeted about Mr Corker and his apparent waffling about whether or not he should seek another Senate term.

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The White House couldn't immediately be reached to explain what prompted Mr. Trump's tweets, but top aides and people who speak for the administrations have repeatedly described the president as a "counterpuncher" who will return fire at his critics.

"Guys like Bob Corker, I think, have reached a point where it is like, can we not pretend the emperor is not naked?"

Sunday's clash online was just the latest public spat in a relationship that has deteriorated significantly since Trump flirted with tapping Corker to be his 2016 running mate and nominating Corker to a cabinet position.

Corker had supported Trump's presidential campaign.

Trump had actually called Corker last week, the source said, and asked him to reconsider his decision to retire from Congress in 2018, claiming that the president would have endorsed him.

The Tennessee Republican's new free agent status should make President Donald Trump and the party even more nervous. ".Too many Senate Republicans act like Democrats or worse".

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