Trump tries to take credit for Senator Bob Corker’s retirement

UPDATE, 11:56 a.m.: Corker responds: “The White House has become an adult day care center.”

GOP Senator Bob Corker announced in September that he would not be seeking reelection in 2018. Since then, he has become increasingly outspoken about his disapproval of Donald Trump. The most notable example came on Wednesday when the Tennessee senator said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, James Mattis, and John Kelly are “people that help separate our country from chaos.” Corker also made it known he’s not totally sold on the GOP’s tax cut plan this past week, so it was only a matter of time before Trump publicly tried to insult him. That time has finally come.

“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 my endorsement). He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said ‘NO THANKS,'” Trump tweeted Sunday morning.

“He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal!” Trump continued in a tweet that will probably surprise John Kerry.

“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!” Trump said to end his mini rant.

Aside from this just being the usual Trump move of lashing out at anybody who ever disagrees with him, it’s interesting to watch him continue to try to make everything seem like it was his idea. Similar to the Steph Curry situation where Trump uninvited the Warriors’ star from visiting the White House after Curry had already made it clear he didn’t want to go in the first place, Trump is now retroactively trying to take credit for Corker’s decision. We’ve just moved from “I’m taking my ball and going home” to “you can’t quit, you’re fired!”

I’m no political strategist, but this probably isn’t a great way to secure Corker’s vote for any upcoming legislation.

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