ELIZABETH CITY – U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) was making his rounds in Pasquotank County Wednesday when the topic of the ongoing feud between Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and President Donald Trump came up.
“One, I think [Corker] and the president need to cool it,” said Burr.
Corker, chairman of the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, has drawn national attention for warning that the president, a fellow Republican, lacks the “stability” and “competence” to effectively serve as president.
Doubling down on those criticisms, Corker has also said that he believes Trump is making reckless threats toward other countries that could risk “World War III” and that top-level administration officials struggle daily to control the president’s impulsive, unfocused behavior.
In response Trump, in a very Trump-esque series of tweets, asserted that Corker, who is up for re-election next year, “begged” him for an endorsement, but Trump wouldn’t give him one. Corker has since decided not to run again.
Burr went on to say he didn’t necessarily agree with Corker’s criticisms of Trump, but the ongoing feud could have implications for foreign policy initiatives that all three men will have a hand in.
Corker, in his senior foreign policy post, will have a big role in discussions that are on the horizon of whether to give teeth to a likely Trump decision to ‘de-certify’ the Iranian Nuclear Deal by reinforcing it with snap-back sanctions to punish the Iranian theocracy for non-compliance.
Perhaps such issues are on the forefront of Burr’s mind when he encourages Trump and Corker to “cool it?”