Sen. Bob Corker trashed President Trump in an interview with The New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin on Monday.
"Sometimes I feel like he’s on a reality show of some kind, you know, when he’s talking about these big foreign policy issues. And, you know, he doesn’t realize that, you know, that we could be heading towards World War III with the kinds of comments that he’s making," he said.
Transcript, via NYT:
JONATHAN MARTIN, NEW YORK TIMES: Senator let me ask you this: Have you talked to other colleagues who feel the same way but who aren’t speaking as candidly as you are in the Senate?
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SEN. BOB CORKER (R-TN): Oh yeah. Are you kidding me? Oh yeah.
MARTIN: So why are they not speaking out?
CORKER: Say again?
MARTIN: Why are they not speaking out? Why are your colleagues not speaking out like you are?
CORKER: I don’t know, I don’t know. Look I — I don’t know. Look, there’s people trying to manage — I don’t want to be a drawn out deal myself. (Inaudible) I told Mitch McConnell earlier today on a call.
Look, I want to be the same person I’ve always been on the policy issues. I want to see good things happen. None of this to me is personal in any way. I don’t know why the president tweets out things that are not true. You know he does it. Everyone knows he does it. But, he does and I think people — Sure I mean, I would say —
Look, except for a few people. The vast majority of our caucus understands what we’re dealing with here. There will be some — if you write that, I’m sure there will be some that say, ‘no, no, no I don’t believe that,’ but of course they understand the volatility that we are dealing with and the tremendous amount of work that it takes from people around him to keep him in the middle of the road. No question.
MARTIN: Is the country in jeopardy do you think?
CORKER: Again, as long as those — One of the reasons that I’ve supported Mattis and Tillerson and Kelly last week is, again, as long as there’s people like that around him who are able to talk him down, you know, when he gets spun up, you know, calm him down and continue to work with him before a decision is made.
I think we’ll be fine. I do worry that these — Sometimes I feel like he’s on a reality show of some kind, you know, when he’s talking about these big foreign policy issues. And, you know, he doesn’t realize that, you know, that we could be heading towards World War III with the kinds of comments that he’s making.
And it’s like he — it’s like it’s an act to him and sure that bothers me, just from the standpoint of, I mean, I know that he isn’t necessarily a warmonger. I don’t believe that he is a warmonger in any way. But I don’t think he understands —
CORKER: When I watch him on television, and even, you know, sometimes — Well, when I watch his performances, you know, it very much feels to me like he thinks as president he’s on a reality television show.
And I just mean — I don’t think he understands that the messages that he sends out, especially when you take into account they’re being received in other languages around the world, what that does. I know he’s hurt, in several instances, he’s hurt us as it relates to negotiations that were underway by tweeting things out. And I just — It worries me. Again, I don’t think he’s a warmonger.
But I don’t think he fully, I don’t think he appreciates that when the president of the United States speaks, and says the things that he does, the impact that it has around the world, especially in the region that he’s addressing. And so yeah, I mean, yeah, it’s concerning to me. A lot of people think that there’s some good cop, bad cop act underway, but that’s just not true. That’s just not true.
MARTIN: It’s just totally impulsive, it’s just totally impulsive?
CORKER: It’s just total — I mean, again, it’s like he’s doing “The Apprentice” or something. He’s just putting on an act. And it’s worrisome. You have people out there working hard to bring some — to solve problems, and those kinds of statements set us back. They just do.