Corker Unloads on Republicans for Being Afraid of Trump

Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker accused his party of cowering to President Donald Trump in an impassioned speech on the Senate floor Tuesday

Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker accused his party of cowering to President Donald Trump in an impassioned speech on the Senate floor Tuesday

U.S. Senator Bob Corker accused his fellow Republicans of being afraid to stand up to President Donald Trump on Tuesday, as his legislation to block the president's ability to impose tariffs on national security grounds hit a roadblock in Congress.

Authors of the legislation, which also include Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, said Trump abused the authority granted under a 1962 law by imposing tariffs on aluminum and steel imports because there isn't a genuine national security threat. "The president might get upset with us as United States senators".

"I can't believe it".

"'Gosh, we might poke the bear, ' is the language I've been hearing in the hallways", Corker said. We might upset the president of the United States before the midterms, so, gosh, we can't vote on the Corker amendment because we're taking - rightly so - the responsibility we have to deal with tariffs and revenues.

His agitation became clear as he continued his speech on the Senate floor, and he raised his voice to the point of yelling at the other lawmakers.


The retiring Tennessee senator was angered that his amendment to the defense authorization measure that would reclaim congressional prerogatives on trade and tariffs would not be up for a vote, and he mocked his colleagues for not standing up to the president, including the chamber's no. 2 Republican, Majority WhipJohn Cornyn.

Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor.

Corker was particularly annoyed at Republican leadership for squashing his proposal to reel in Trump's powers to slap tariffs on key US allies on national security grounds.

"Americans want to see someone who's actually going to have conviction, not just talk about it with great soundbites and then when it comes game time they sit there and fold", the president's son said. And a lot of them would vote for it if it came to a vote. They were joined on the bill by at least 10 other senators.

But Senator James Inhofe, the Republican who is managing debate on the defense bill, blocked the amendment as inappropriate for the legislation, preventing a vote. "But no, the United States Senate right now, on June 12, is becoming a body where, well, we can do what we can do, but my gosh if the president gets upset with us, we might not be in the majority, and so let's not do anything that might upset the president".

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