President Trump, Senator Corker engage in heated Twitter exchange
President Trump may be no stranger to social media, but Sunday's posts target an unlikely subject: Tennessee Republican Bob Corker.
The interaction got heated. Senator Corker, who announced he won't seek re-election from Congress at the end of this term, responded by calling The White House, an adult day care. The back and forth, showing a very public falling out between the two GOP leaders.
The posts may be 140 characters or less, but they packed a lot of tension. The Twitter firestorm started just before 9 a.m. Sunday.
"@Realdonaldtrump" fired off a series of three tweets just minutes part, all targeting Republican Senator Bob Corker. The first tweet said Corker begged him for an endorsement for reelection, and ultimately decided to not to run because he refused.
In the second, the president claims he said "no thanks" to Corker for the Secretary of State job, and blames him for the "horrendous" Iran deal.
The third reads: "I would fully expect Corker to be a negative voice and stand in the way of our great agenda. Didn't have the guts to run!"
About an hour after the last tweet, Corker responded with just one post: "It's a shame The White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning."
The heated exchange has been the talk of political shows all day, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney weighing in:
"I'm in The White House every single day, and I've never seen the chaos that gets reported outside. I've never seen the fighting, the back biting."
But Dr. Susan Turner Haynes of Lipscomb University says the back and forth points to more than obvious animosity between the two GOP leaders.
"There's most certainly tension, and we're seeing evidence of it bubbling over into aggressive arguably juvenile rhetoric back and forth. I don’t know his motives, but I can say the consequences would be counterproductive in terms of diminishing party unity for sure.”
While there's no clear winner in this war of words, the real loser could be U.S. Voters.
"We have these expectations of those we elect and when you see these types of seemingly petty exchanges, I really thinks it shakes your confidence and leaves the American people wanting more,” says Haynes.
We, of course, reached out to Senator Corker's office to talk to us about the feud, and will keep you updated, as we hear back.