Trump Has Attacked Nearly 1 in Every 7 GOP Senators in the Last Month

By NTK Staff | 08.25.2017 @9:26am
Trump Has Attacked Nearly 1 in Every 7 GOP Senators in the Last Month

With the president's Friday morning tweet attacking Bob Corker, Trump has gone after seven GOP senators – some in private, most in public – since the end of July.

On Friday morning, President Trump went after Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Bob Corker (R-TN) and brought up Corker’s re-election:

Corker made headlines a week ago when he said 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.”

The attack on Corker was Trump’s second tweet targeting Senate Republicans on Friday morning alone, the first on the filibuster:

But it’s part of a recent theme for the Republican president: calling out members of his own party, particularly senators, in public and in private.

Trump attacked Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who’s up for re-election next year, as “WEAK on borders,” while offering praise for Flake’s primary challenger, noted chemtrail conspiracy theorist Kelli Ward:

A week earlier, he told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to “get back to work,” one of many tweets targeting McConnell this month.

Trump sent the tweet from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

He saved his strongest tweets, though, for former presidential primary opponent Lindsey Graham:

Trump also took some veiled shots at Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), became angry with Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) in a phone call this month over Tillis’ bill protecting Robert Mueller, and retweeted a story on Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) “learn[ing] the hard way about the fallout from turning on Trump.”

Trump will need the GOP majority in the Senate to pass tax reform, infrastructure, and just about any other legislative priority he has for his first term.

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