In a series of Sunday morning tweets, President Donald Trump called out retiring Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), a member of the president’s own party, claiming that Corker only announced his retirement after Trump refused to endorse his re-election bid.
“Senator Bob Corker ‘begged’ me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee,” the president boasted. “I said ‘NO’ and he dropped out (said he could not win without my endorsement).”
He later added that the senator “didn’t have the guts to run” and that he would “stand in the way” of Trump’s agenda.
But Corker didn’t let Trump’s attacks go unanswered: Less than an hour later, the moderate Senate Republican sent out a searing tweet in response to the president’s barbs.
“It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center,” Corker tweeted. “Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”
The kicker to all of this? Apparently Trump told Corker “multiple times” that he would endorse his re-election, and that Trump recently called the senator to ask him not to retire in exchange for an endorsement, according to Manu Raju, CNN’s senior political reporter.
Corker announced his retirement in late September.