Sen. Bob Corker said President Donald Trump is leading the United States “on the path to World War III” with threats the president makes toward other countries.
In an interview with The New York Times Sunday, Corker said Trump is treating his office like “a reality show,” adding that he is concerned the president is acting “like he’s doing ‘The Apprentice’ or something.”
“He concerns me. He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation,” Corker said in the interview.
Corker said Trump had undermined diplomacy with his tweeting, but did not offer specifics.
“I know he has hurt, in several instances, he’s hurt us as it relates to negotiations that were underway by tweeting things out,” Corker said.
Corker’s comments came after a Twitter feud between the Tennessee senator and the president on Sunday.
Trump wrote in a series of tweets on Sunday that Corker “‘begged’ me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said ‘NO’ and he dropped out (said he could not win without my endorsement).” The president added that Corker “wanted to be Secretary of State, I said ‘NO THANKS.’ He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal!”
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Corker shot back, writing, “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”
In September when Corker and Trump met up, the president said he would endorse Corker if he chose to run for re-election. Corker’s office on Sunday said that Trump called Corker last Monday afternoon “and asked him to reconsider his decision not to seek reelection and reaffirmed that he would have endorsed him, as he has said many times.”
During the Times interview, Corker said he doesn’t think Trump realizes the impact he has as president.
“I don’t think he appreciates that when the president of the United States speaks and says the things that he does, the impact that it has around the world, especially in the region that he’s addressing,” Corker said. “And so, yeah, it’s concerning to me.”