The unraveling continues in Washington … it reminds me of a tangled ball of yarn in the hands of a playful kitten. A number of members of Congress have recently announced that they will not seek re-election next year, one of whom is Senator Bob Corker, a republican from Tennessee.
Those who are ‘jumping ship’ have given a variety of reasons, but the reality appears to be that they are not finding it easy to work with Donald Trump, are not fond of the bullying and browbeating tactics he uses when he does not get his way, and are disturbed by the chaos that defines the present administration. I can relate and I would have resigned long before now … probably on January 21st.
I am not a fan of Bob Corker because of his climate change skepticism and socially conservative ideologies, but he is not the worst of the lot, either. And he certainly did not deserve the scornful tweets Trump issued this morning:
“Senator Bob Corker “begged” me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said “NO” and he dropped out (said he could not win without…” – 9:59 AM – Oct 8, 2017
“..my endorsement). He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said “NO THANKS.” He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal!” – 10:09 AM – Oct 8, 2017
“…Hence, I would fully expect Corker to be a negative voice and stand in the way of our great agenda. Didn’t have the guts to run!” – 10:13 AM – Oct 8, 2017
Sigh. The little boy who was placed in a position far beyond his intellectual capabilities, tweets again. Wouldn’t it be lovely to have an adult in the White House?
Bob Corker earned a measure of respect from yours truly, however, with his comeback:
“It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.” – 11:13 AM – Oct 8, 2017
You have to love that one, folks!
Trump just shot himself in the foot, though. He is expected to make the announcement next week that he will de-certify the international nuclear deal with Iran, saying it is not in the national interest of the United States. (Where he gets these notions, I have no idea, for there is no basis for this move. Does he just feel the need to be stirring things up at all times?) Senator Corker happens to be the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and therefore the leading voice on Capitol Hill determining the future of the Iran nuclear deal.
It should be noted that the Iran deal, by all accounts (except Trump’s) is working exactly as it was intended and Iran is living up to their part of the bargain. It is an important pact in terms of peace in the Middle East and around the globe. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, General Joseph F. Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and others are in favour of leaving the agreement in place, saying it is working. In fact, in August, 36 retired US generals and admirals published an open letter giving their full backing of the Iranian nuclear deal, hailing it as “the most effective means currently available to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.” The only reason I can see that Trump wants to scrap the deal is because President Obama had a hand in negotiating it. Immature and very dangerous way of thinking … let us hope the cooler heads are able to prevail here.
I find it interesting that Trump supposedly penned a book titled, “The Art of the Deal”, when his negotiating skills, conversational skills, and ability to play nicely with others are all among the worst I have seen. His idea of ‘deal-making’ appears to be somewhat along the lines of the proverbial ‘bull in a china shop’ … bluster, bullying and browbeating being his main tools of negotiation.
Corker also sits on the Senate Finance Committee, and as such will play a key role in the upcoming debate over taxes. The senator already has expressed some concerns with the Trump administration’s proposal on tax cuts.
According to the Washington Post …
“A Republican congressional official familiar with Trump and Corker’s recent conversations disputed each of the claims the president made in his tweets. Trump called Corker early last week and asked him to reconsider his decision not to seek reelection, according to this official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the private conversations. The official said the president also reaffirmed that he would have endorsed Corker had he decided to run again — which, the official added, was not the first time that Trump had extended such an offer of support.” – The Washington Post, 08 October 2017
So … who to believe? Trump or Trump? He contradicts himself often enough to make one wonder if he has some multiple personality disorder. Corker was a supporter of Trump’s election bid, and was said to be considered as a running mate at one time. But the tides turned in August, after Corker criticized Trump’s response to the tragic white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, saying “[Trump] has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful.”
And thus began the feud, if one would call it that. It might be humorous, were it not so dangerous. Trump is apparently making decisions that affect not only the U.S., but every nation on the planet, based more on emotion than on intellect or thought. He defies his own advisors and wastes his time harassing and alienating the very people he needs to be working with instead of against.
Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said on today’s Meet the Press, “I think it’s going to be fun to work with him [Corker], especially now that he’s announced that he’s not running for reelection, because I think it sort of unleashes him to do whatever and say whatever he wants to say.” Well, perhaps, but I might rather see an adult in the White House, working toward goals that are in the best interest of the nation and the world, rather than this petty, grade-school style bickering.
If there is anything good that may come of this it is that perhaps even more members of Congress will begin to shed their rose-coloured glasses and see Trump for what he is. But don’t hold your breath, friends.