"We are in a odd place". "It's not a good place for any party to have a cult-like situation as it relates to a President that happens to be purportedly of the same party".
Corker said Wednesday his comments don't apply to all Republican members, but he said "leadership in general" is not willing to poke the bear "because it's all about the next election". "The president might get upset with us as United States senators".
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., today took to the Senate floor to denounce Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Republican colleagues for not allowing a vote on his proposal to require congressional approval of proposed tariffs by the president.
"No, no, no, we might poke the bear" is the language I've been hearing in the hallways: "We might poke the bear".
"I heard the senior senator from Texas saying the other day, 'well gosh, we might upset the president of the United States before the midterms!"
Republican lawmakers have expressed concerns about the Trump administration's tariffs, but they've also been unwilling to embrace Corker's amendment over both procedural issues and broader concerns about undercutting Trump's negotiating position.
Representative Marsha Blackburn, who is running for Corker's seat and who just had President Trump in Tennessee for a fundraiser, is taking a "wait-and-see" attitude for tariffs-especially with many local companies' large and small asking for exemptions.
Corker's amendment is in response to the steel and aluminum tariffs Trump announced on U.S. allies earlier this month. Corker said Republican senators overwhelmingly support the concept of Congress signing off on such tariffs but are afraid of upsetting the president.
"So I would like to join Senator Corker in finding another bill, and I would do all I could to help him get that on as an amendment".
The Oklahoma Republican said he did not like when Senators try to put amendments like Corker's in must-pass legislation. A lot of them would vote for it if it came to vote, but no. But, no, the United States Senate right now, on June the 12th, is becoming a body where, 'Well, we'll do what we can do, but, my gosh, if the president gets upset with us then we might not be in the majority.
Corker made clear that his anger was not deliberately directed at Inhofe, who is tasked with managing the amendment as part of the NDAA.