Bob Corker Says He’s ‘Proud’ of How Romney’s Already Called Out Trump: ‘He’ll Make a Big Difference’

As Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) exits Congress after 12 years in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, the outspoken Republican lawmaker says he’s “proud” that incoming Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) has already picked up where he left off by speaking his mind regarding President Donald Trump when necessary.

“I have a ton of respect for Mitt, and I was proud,” Corker told IJR when asked about Romney’s controversial pre-emptive strike against the president a day before being sworn into office.

“I actually talked to him yesterday, and I just know he’s gonna be a great asset here in the Senate and to our country,” he added while brandishing his signature lidless cup of coffee.

When asked what advice he gave to Romney on navigating the Senate and being an independent voice in Washington, Corker laughed.

“I didn’t!” he said. “He’s far superior to me, I don’t need to give him any advice.”

Corker, the former chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, did say that he’s especially looking forward to the former Republican presidential nominee getting involved in foreign relations matters.

“I’m particularly thrilled he’s coming on the Foreign Relations Committee,” he said. “He’ll make a big difference.”

Like Corker, Romney has clashed with the president regarding multiple issues, including the administration’s handling of foreign policy.

The freshman Utah senator made it clear this week that he plans to use his voice in Congress to speak out against the president when he sees fit and in a similar fashion to how Corker and other #NeverTrump lawmakers have since Trump’s taken office.

Romney wrote in a Washington Post op-ed:

A president should demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse with comity and mutual respect. As a nation, we have been blessed with presidents who have called on the greatness of the American spirit. With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.

The senator then doubled down on bashing Trump during an interview with CNN while also offering a defense for accepting the president’s 2018 midterm endorsement.

“He was endorsing me, I wasn’t endorsing him,” Romney said. “And I haven’t decided who I’m going to endorse in 2020. I’m going to wait and see what the alternatives are.”

In response, Trump called on Romney to be a “team player.”

As for Corker, the exiting senator doesn’t seem ready to accept slipping into irrelevance anytime soon.

“I do think that we’ve got to remember what the Republican Party is,” he said recently in an interview with MSNBC.

Responses

  1. Bob Corker, I live in TN. You will be a much better asset as a private citizen rather than being in the Senate. I’m so thankful to know that you will be out soon. Having to pay you throughout your retirement however is a painful thought.

  2. Real nice these guys turn on the people who voted for them. Your voters want and need the WALL. Grow some guys and stand up for what your voters want they put trump in office.

  3. Corker turned Anti Trump when he was not selected to hold a Cabinet position. I believe if you look at his record you will find he has done nothing for the American People since he has been in office. The only reason he did not run for re-election is he New he could not win. I live in Tennessee and we all were ready to see him go.

  4. Must be RINO mating season! Maybe Romney is receiving orders from the “Temple” in Salt Lake??

  5. Where are you now, Bob? Oh!..that’s right…. out of a job!

    1. Officially he retired except that he is not doing it correctly.

  6. Exactly what did Corker accomplish in his 12 years? Perhaps he should remember “what the Republican Party is”. As for Romney being far superior to him….well my dog is far superior both of these frauds. I’m sorry that I voted for Romney. Very sorry.

  7. “. . brandishing his signature lidless cup of coffee”: (journalism cut to the quick) remind us what an icon Corker is. (Glad to know it as he scurries away.) This is the guy who didn’t require senate approval for Barry’s Iran sham but (standing on his head, still brandishing ..) wanted Senate DISapproval rights instead. Talk about a back-handed, limp Barry backside smooch – the diaphanous “Corker Bill” generated well-earned laughter. Now he says welcome Mitt like the prodigal son!

  8. “He’s far superior to me” Bob Corker

    That’s making a statement. It only means something if Romney doesn’t just vote in locked-step with Trump every-single-time!

      1. There is no indication of that yet.

        For all of the talk by law makers who challenged Trump in any way, such as Corker, McCain, and Flake, they almost always voted with Trump.

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