Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

TRUMP REACTIONS | Corker says criticism meant to influence

Key Republican Calls for 'Radical Changes' in Trump's Presidency Key GOP senator: Trump, White House needs 'radical changes'
Rosalie Gross | 19 August, 2017, 04:53

"The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability, nor some of the competence, that he needs to demonstrate in order for him to be successful - and our nation and our world needs for him to be successful, whether you are Republican or Democrat", the Republican senator said at a Rotary Club meeting in Chattanooga.

The mother of a woman who was killed while protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, says she won't talk to President Donald Trump because of comments he made after her daughter's death.

That's not the kind of rhetoric we expect to hear from a prominent GOP senator about the president from his own party - but it's becoming progressively more common of late. And Trump's failure to realize that could further undermine his presidency if special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation uncovers damaging information about the president.

"Your words are dividing Americans, not healing them", Senator Lindsey Graham of SC said of the president, two days after issuing an instant backslap on Twitter - "Well done Mr. President" - when Mr. Trump gritted through the more explicit denunciation of white supremacists that he seemed to regret hours later.

Corker's relationship with Trump goes back to the election, when the senator campaigned with the president and was said to have been vetted as a potential running mate.

But he took aim at Trump for his Tuesday comments that played to the extremist wing of his political base and sparked condemnation from Republican lawmakers as well as business leaders and others. "And we need for him to be successful, our nation needs for him to be successful", Corker told reporters in Tennessee.

President Donald Trump needs to state that there is "no moral equivalency between racists and Americans standing up to defy hate and bigotry", Sen. He also called Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona "toxic" and a "non-factor in the Senate".

That's according to two people familiar with the decision who demanded anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private conversations. Lindsey Graham of SC told "a disgusting lie".

Trump's new remarks came even as the White house tried to manage his increasing isolation and the continued fallout from his combative comments on last weekend's racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Lankford says, "Any time he steps up and tries to equate two groups or two conversations, I think that muddies the water". But Corker and Trump are both - at least in name - Republicans.

Corker has been less vocal, however, about what specific changes he'd like to see in the administration.

"In the Senate, most of those guys aren't up next cycle", said Mr. Cole, the Oklahoma congressman and a former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. He strongly defended Flake, calling him "one of the finest human beings" he had ever met.

The president is in bigger trouble in the Senate, where Republicans hold a slim 52-48 majority and angry Democrats have united against him in a chamber that requires 60 votes to pass most major legislation. Many have raised questions about Trump's personal views of the racial tensions in the country.

Heye agreed, but says the Trump now attacking members of his party from the White House is the same Trump voters elected in November.

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