DONALD TRUMP’S BEHAVIOUR COULD PUT AMERICA ON THE PATH TO WORLD WAR III, SAYS TOP US LAWMAKER

The article originally appeared on India Today.

Republican US Senator Bob Corker told a leading American daily on Sunday that the threats President Donald Trump has made to other nations could put the US “on the path to World War III.”

Corker, an influential voice on US foreign policy, made this grim forecast in an interview with the New York Times (NYT). The newspaper called it “an extraordinary rebuke of a president of his own party.”

Donald Trump had earlier posted a series of tweets in which he claimed Corker had “begged” him to endorse his re-election bid in the US state of Tennessee (which he represents as a Senator), and that he left the race when the President refused.

He said Corker wanted to be Secretary of State, and accused the senator of being responsible for “the horrendous Iran Deal” – a 2015 agreement that limited Tehran’s nuclear program, which Trump has now threatened to decertify.

“…Hence, I would fully expect Corker to be a negative voice and stand in the way of our great agenda. Didn’t have the guts to run!” he wrote in the last tweet.

Bob Corker told NYT that Trump was behaving “like he’s doing ‘The Apprentice’ or something,” referring to a reality show that Trump hosted for many years.

“I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him,” Corker told the newspaper.

The senator, who in the interview refuted the President’s claims that he’d asked for his endorsement, also hit back on Twitter.

Bob Corker heads the powerful US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He is a supporter-turned-critic of Donald Trump – especially of his handling of issues like the North Korean nuclear crisis, or the changes he’s trying to make to the US tax regime.

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SENATOR BOB CORKER HITS BACK, SAYS DONALD TRUMP IS PUSHING US TO WORLD WAR III

A day after Trump’s vitriolic verbal attack, Republican Senator from Tennessee, Bob Corker, has hit back saying Trump is running the White House like a reality show and his reckless acts may push the United States to the World War III.

In what was described as “an extraordinary rebuke of a president of his own party”, the New York Times quoted Corker saying “President Trump was treating his office like a reality show….like he’s doing ‘The Apprentice’ or something….and his reckless threats toward other countries could set the nation on the path to World War III.” The Apprentice, a reality show judging business skills of its participants, was hosted by Donald Trump for many years.

Corker didn’t stop at it. He further said that “Trump was a political novice who failed to make the transition from show business and with his irresponsible outbursts, every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him.”

Corker also rejected Trump’s claims that he had begged him for mercy. Donald Trump had tweeted yesterday to let the world know, “Corker begged me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee as he could not win without my endorsement.”

Corker said in his New York Times interview that he had already decided that he would not seek re-election and it was instead Trump who was insisting him to run for re-election, “When I told him that that just wasn’t in the cards, he said, ‘You know, if you run, I’ll endorse you.’ I said, ‘Mr. President, it’s just not in the cards; I’ve already made a decision.’ So then we began talking about other candidates that were running.”

In his outburst against Corker yesterday, Trump had also reminded us that Corker was behind the ‘horrendous’ Iran nuclear Deal and that he wanted to be the US Secretary of State and that how Trump could have allowed the re-election of such a person! Conservative Republicans blame Corker for passage of Barack Obama’s Iran Nuclear Deal as even if Corker sounded his opposition to the bill, he did not really act when it came to voting. Now Trump has threatened to decertify the Iran deal.

Senator Corker who also heads the powerful US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has been representing Tennessee since 2007. Last month, after weeks of speculation, he finally announced that he would not seek re-election the next year.

Corker is an influential voice on US foreign policy. And he is a strong supporter turned strong critic of Donald Trump, especially of his ways to handle issues like the North Korean nuclear tension or the changes he is trying to bring to the US tax regime.

And this strong rebuttal says Corker is expected to become even more critical of the Trump administration in the days to come, and as he is an influential voice, so, in a seemingly pre-emptive offensive, Trump has also tried to set the narrative from his perspective by saying that “he fully expects Corker to be a negative voice and stand in the way of his ‘great’ agenda.”

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