US Senator: Trump Risks Putting U.S. On Path To World War Three

A scene played out Sunday morning that would have seemed inconceivable as little as a year ago. An angry president fired off a vitriolic series of angry tweets at one of his party’s most prominent senators, who then decided to strike back by essentially calling the commander in chief a baby. But that’s the brave new world under Donald Trump, where each weekend’s Twitter rants always seem to come with an element of surprise.

Trump set the stage for what the Washington Post characterized as “an extraordinary squabble” between two Republican leaders. The president wrote a series of three tweets in which he claimed retiring Sen. Bob Corker “begged” him for his endorsement. Trump also claimed he rejected Corker’s offer to be secretary of state and accused him of being “largely responsible for the horrendous Iran deal!” And in the final, cherry-on-the-sundae tweet, the president accused the senator of not having “the guts to run” for re-election.

It didn’t take long for Corker to strike back, calling it a “shame” that the “White House has become an adult day care center.” This wasn’t the first time that the retiring senator from Tennessee has suggested that Trump needed adult supervision. Corker, who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis, among others, are helping “separate our country from chaos.”

Senator Corker warned on Sunday that President Donald Trump risks setting the nation “on the path to World War Three” in an interview with The New York Times, the latest in a series public barbs traded over the day.

In a sweeping, 25-minute interview, Corker told the newspaper he was alarmed about a president who acts “like he’s doing ‘The Apprentice’ or something” – in a reference to the reality television show that Trump had once hosted.

Corker dismissed the idea that Trump may be using provocative comments about North Korea to advance U.S. negotiations being conducted by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by playing “bad cop” to the top diplomat’s “good cop” effort to broker a deal with Pyongyang.

On Iran, Trump is expected to disclose within days a plan to decertify the 2015 international nuclear agreement with Tehran, putting the agreement’s future in the hands of Congress, where Corker would play a central role in determining its fate.

During the U.S. political fight over the agreement, which was opposed by every Republican in Congress, Corker co-wrote the law that required congressional approval for the deal and required the president to certify that Iran was complying every 90 days.

Some critics on the far right have blamed Corker for that measure, which they say helped push the pact through Congress.

Asked last week about reported tensions between Trump and Tillerson, Corker responded with what was seen as a jab at Trump.

He described Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly as “those people that help separate our country from chaos.”

After Charlottesville, Corker said, “The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability, nor some of the competence, that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful.”

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