Outgoing Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) went off the rails over President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland today, saying, “I just felt like the President’s comments made us look as a nation more like a pushover. I was disappointed in that. When he had the opportunity to defend our intelligence agencies, who work for him, I was very disappointed and saddened with the equivalency he gave between them and what Putin was saying.”
And his criticism, which the Left loves, didn’t stop there:
“Sometimes the President cares more about how a leader treats him personally than forcefully getting out there and pushing against things that we know have harmed our nation,” Corker said. “I thought that’s what we all experienced today.”
He continued to say that Putin gained a “tremendous amount” from Trump’s clear approval, and that it would help Russia rebound from being “ostracized.” He added that Putin is probably “having caviar right now.”
Video of Corker’s remarks are making the rounds on Twitter.
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A frequent critic of President Trump, Sen. Corker is currently one of the most unpopular Republicans in the the history of Tennessee Politics.
In a Tennessee Star Poll of Republican primary voters released on June 30, Corker’s job approval rating was a miniscule 26 percent, compared to President Trump’s job approval rating of 87 percent.
Corker’s disposition towards the president was not helped at all when the audience at the Trump rally held in Nashville in May booed loudly when he was introduced.
The real estate developer and former Mayor of Chattanooga decided not to run for a third term in the United States Senate back in September as his approval ratings among Tennessee Republicans continued to plummet. In October, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) announced that she would run from the GOP nomination to replace Corker. Blackburn will face former Gov. Phil Bredesen, who is unchallenged in the August 2 Democrat primary, in the November general election.