Corker blasts Senate colleagues for blocking vote on tariffs

Sen. Bob Corker on the Senate floor Tuesday

Sen. Bob Corker on the Senate floor Tuesday

Sen. Bob Corker unloaded on his fellow Republicans for cowering from President Donald Trump.

Authors of the legislation, which also include Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, said Trump abused the authority granted under a 1962 law by imposing tariffs on aluminum and steel imports because there isn't a genuine national security threat.

"I heard the senator from Texas, the senior senator from Texas, saying the other day, 'well, gosh, we might upset the president. I can't believe it", Corker thundered from the floor. 'Gosh, we might poke the bear, ' is the language I've been hearing in the hallways... "The president of the United States might get upset with us", Corker said, deriding his colleagues.

His agitation became clear as he continued his speech on the Senate floor, and he raised his voice to the point of yelling at the other lawmakers.

"We swear an allegiance to the Constitution and we pledge allegiance to the flag and what was weird about this race that I've never experienced before in any race I've been a part of was an allegiance question where people say, 'Are you for or against the president?'" Sanford said.

Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. And a lot of them would vote for it if it came to a vote. "We can't do that because we'd be upsetting the president, '" Corker said, referring to Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn. "The president of the United States'". They were joined on the bill by at least 10 other senators.

Senator Corker last week was told that his amendment may have a so-called "blue slip" issue should it reach the House of Representatives, a technical issue that requires revenue-related legislation to originate in the House. But the senator leading the defense debate, James Inhofe of Oklahoma, said Tuesday he wouldn't go along because it risked holding up Pentagon funding and wasn't directly related.

"I think that's ridiculous", he said, but then added, "You know what?"

Rubio's tweet - which came while President Trump is lavishing praise on the North Korean dictator as "a strong guy" with "a very good personality" who is "very strategic" and "very impressive" - piqued Fox News host Sandra Smith, who pointed out to him, "the president, he sits down with Sean Hannity, he's talking about Kim Jong Un as someone who appeared to be amusing, he's smart, the president has said of him".

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