Enraged, Trump Launches Twitter Tantrum After Republican Senator Said He Could Cause A World War

The Tweeter-in-chief lashed out at Sen. Bob Corker on Tuesday after he told NBC’s Today Show that Trump was moving the world closer to world war.

Sen. Bob Corker warned America about Trump’s foreign policy Tuesday morning, prompting the Tweeter-in-Chief to return fire.

Senator Bob Corker, one of Trump’s fiercest Republican critics, joined NBC’s “Today Show Tuesday morning to weigh in on the deadly Niger ambush that left four U.S. soldiers dead nearly three weeks ago.

Asked by co-host Natalie Morales: “Left to his own devices, do you think the president is a threat to national security?” Corker warned that Trump’s aggression directed toward North Korea serves to “kneecap” Rex Tillerson, his Secretary of State, and his efforts with Pyongyang – moving the world closer to “world war.”

When you send out tweets into the region to raise tensions, when you kneecap, which is what he’s done publicly, when you kneecap your secretary of state, whose diplomacy you have to depend upon to really bring China to the table to do the things that need to be done, back-channeling in some cases to North Korea, when you kneecap that effort you really move our country into a binary choice which could lead to a world war. So, yes, I want him to support diplomatic efforts, not embarrass and really malign efforts that are underway to try to get some kind of a diplomatic solution here and I think most people would agree on that.


Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also told NBC that Trump’s Tuesday attendance at a Senate Republican lunch is a “photo-op.”

“I do look at these things as more of a photo op. They’re not really about substance,” Corker stated.

Corker has been one of Trump’s most vocal Republican critics, particularly since his September 2017 announcement that he would not seek re-election in the 2018 elections.

Trump was swift to respond with a three-part tweet (who knows how many at this point).

“Bob Corker, who helped President O give us the bad Iran Deal & couldn’t get elected dog catcher in Tennessee, is now fighting Tax Cuts,” Trump tweeted, adding “Corker dropped out of the race in Tennesse [sic] when I refused to endorse him, and now is only negative on anything Trump. Look at his record!”

A litter more than an hour later, he added another tweet stating: “Isn’t it sad that lightweight Senator Bob Corker, who couldn’t get re-elected in the Great State of Tennessee, will now fight Tax Cuts plus!”

Just minutes before the publishing of this article (about 42 minutes after that post, Trump took to Twitter again, posting: “Sen. Corker is the incompetent head of the Foreign Relations Committee, & look how poorly the U.S. has done. He doesn’t have a clue as the entire World WAS laughing and taking advantage of us. People like liddle’ Bob Corker have set the U.S. way back. Now we move forward!”

These tweets are a continuance of an ongoing war that Trump has been waging against Corker on Twitter.

Earlier in October, Trump similarly lashed out after Corker offered what The Washington Post called an “extraordinarily dim assessment of the Trump administration” while commenting on an NBC News report that Tillerson had to be talked out of resigning after disagreements with Trump.

“I think Secretary Tillerson, [Defense] Secretary [Jim] Mattis and [White House] Chief of Staff [John] Kelly are those people that help separate our country from chaos, and I support them very much,” Corker stated.

Trump threw another multi-part twitter-tantrum, which he began by tweeting that Corker “begged” for his endorsement and then “dropped out of the race” when he said “no thanks.”

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.” He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal!

In his third, and final tweet in the series, Trump accused Corker of working against his agenda and of not having “the guts to run!”

Corker pushed back, tweeting “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”

Reporting at the time on the online clash, The Atlantic reported that:

Corker… is warning that Trump not only has not grown into the role, but is too juvenile for it and requires minding by so-called adults in the room like Mattis, Kelly, and Tillerson. The Tennessee senator is the latest to recognize, or at least to state publicly, that there is no new Trump, no blossoming into the role of the presidency, no maturation.

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