Corker Unloads on Republicans for Being Afraid of Trump

Corker Unloads on Republicans for Being Afraid of Trump

A top Senate Republican has mocked Texas Sen.

Corker's amendment is in response to the steel and aluminum tariffs Trump announced on United States allies earlier this month.

"'We might poke the bear' is the language I have been hearing in the hallways", he said.

The measure has several Republican cosponsors but Corker has accused GOP leaders of preventing him from adding his measure as an amendment to a must-pass defense policy bill because, as Corker charged Tuesday, they say they're anxious about upsetting Trump.

But Cornyn doesn't agree with Corker on his amendment. Corker had assembled a bipartisan coalition of more than a dozen senators to sign onto his bill, which would have given Congress veto power over tariffs issued in the name of national security, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other members of leadership had been cool to it all along.

Bob Corker ripped into his party Tuesday for sidestepping a vote on his amendment to roll back U.S. President Donald Trump's trade authority - by blocking it altogether. Corker did not hide his frustration. "And so let's don't do anything that might upset the president'".

America First: "To those who say this President is only picking winners and losers, let me say this: the only victor President Trump is picking is America". Corker's amendment would limit Trump's ability to impose tariffs on national security grounds - a move which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repeatedly called "insulting".

"I don't want to do anything that is either going to jeopardize the passage of the defense authorization bill or delay the passage", said Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) objected, stalling Corker's effort.

"Well, that would be hyperbole", Corker said. I haven't heard a person that hasn't had some degree of concern.

Corker and other lawmakers - Democrats as well as some of Trump's fellow Republicans - introduced the measure last week after the president's recent announcement that he was considering tariffs on automobiles, after imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum, citing national security concerns.

Corker said such procedures are "used as customarily as waking up in the morning and drinking a cup of coffee", he said.

"To have an administration that wakes up every day on an ad hoc basis just making stuff up as they go along with no coherency to it - I think us having to weigh in on that would actually cause them to have to think about what they're doing versus, 'Well, I'm upset with X today so I'll do this, '" Corker said.

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