Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) told CNN he stands by his blistering criticism of President Trump.
Said Corker: “My thoughts were well thought out. Look, I didn’t just blurt them out.”
He added: “I’ve had private dinners, I’ve had private phone calls, I’ve tried to intervene on topics that I thought things were going in a different direction and are not going to be good for our country. This is not a new thing, it’s been building for some time. And it’s a pattern that I think we’ve fought and expressed for some period of time.”
“To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope of earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.”
— Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), in a speech at the 2017 Liberty Medal ceremony.
“President Trump convened his cabinet on Monday in the hopes of kick-starting his stalled domestic policy agenda and complained that Democrats in Congress are obstructing his efforts on tax reform, health care and the confirmation of judicial nominees,” the New York Times reports.
Said Trump: “The Democrats have terrible policy. They are very good at, really, obstruction.”
He also lashed out at “some Republicans” in the Senate, members he accused of refusing to go along with their party.
President Trump urged Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) “to seek out an Obamacare deal with Democrats — encouragement that might help sway Republicans who are skeptical of a bipartisan agreement,” Politico reports.
“Alexander said Trump told him by phone Oct. 14 he’d like to see a bill that funds the Obamacare cost-sharing subsidies that he abruptly cut off last week. In return, he wants to see ‘meaningful flexibility for the states in providing more choices.'”