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McConnell: Trump Touched on Tax Reform, Nominees, Opioids

McConnell: Trump Touched on Tax Reform, Nominees, Opioids

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker has unleashed a blistering attack on US President Donald Trump, calling the president "utterly untruthful".

President Donald Trump headed for talks with Republican senators on Tuesday to try to build consensus for proposed tax cuts in a meeting that was overshadowed by an exchange of insults between the president and one of the lawmakers.

Senator Bob Corker and the president lashed out at one another as Trump prepared to visit Capitol Hill for a lunch with GOP senators to discuss their plans for tax reform, among other things.

Corker did not regret either of those statements on Tuesday, telling Good Morning America: "I don't make comments that I haven't thought about".

After Corker's diatribe, Trump pushed back on Twitter, branding him a "lightweight" and an "incompetent" foreign relations chairman who "doesn't have a clue". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he will not bring it up for a vote unless the president is guaranteed to sign it. Alexander has warned that inaction could cost premiums to spike further.

"For young people to be watching, not only here in our country, but around the world, someone of this mentality as president of the United States is something that is I think debasing to our country", said Corker, who spent the morning lambasting Trump in media interviews.

An overstatement to be sure, but White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in regard to the impending retirements, "The people both in Tennessee and Arizona supported this president, and I don't think that the numbers are in the favor of either of those two senators in their states and so I think this was probably the right decision". Trump, who specializes in dismissive nicknames, has called Corker "Liddle' Bob Corker". "I think the debasement of our nation will be what he'll be remembered most for, and that's regretful".

Reaction to this latest public flap came fast across Washington. One positive outcome of the feud between Corker and Trump, however, is that it seems to be awakening more Republicans to the fact that their de facto leader is behaving like a child more than like a president.

Trump spoke approvingly about the GOP tax efforts before leaving the White House to come to Capitol Hill, but ignored shouted questions about Corker. Corker's also the guy who said Obama's camp got "fleeced" in the deal.

Ryan said he wants the House to pass the Republican tax cut bill by the November 23 U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, echoing Trump's call to speed up the party's efforts to get the measure approved before year's end.

In reality, Corker organized opposition to the Iran deal and voted against it. "And I think Corker's comments reflect the frustration within the Republican Party about this". "#AlertTheDaycareStaff", Corker responded, referencing a previous tweet of his in which he compared the White House to an adult daycare center. If there's anything that unifies Republicans, it's tax reform.

The issue of the moment is tax reform, which presents an opportunity for a decisive Republican victory after months of legislative missteps and failures - namely the repeated unsuccessful attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. "Certainly people here are, because these things are provably untrue". Bob Corker, R-Tenn., to ultimately support the tax reform bill later this year. "Look at his record!'"

"Same untruths from an utterly untruthful president", shot back Corker, who voted against the worldwide agreement on Iran's nuclear programme because he believed it was too weak.

When asked if the President is a national security threat, Corker told NBC that he needs to be contained by members of his Cabinet, namely, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and White House chief of staff John Kelly.

Trump also claimed that Corker had supported the nuclear deal that the USA and several countries struck with Iran. "Someone obviously missed their shift this morning".

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