President Donald Trump has rejected Republican Senator Bob Corker's recent allegations that his policies could lead to a Third World War. Instead, Trump said the country was "on the wrong path before" on the North Korea threat.
Corker replied, "It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center".
"I understand we're on the record". If it has any hope of continuing to offer itself as a steady hand on the tiller, more Republicans must follow Corker - rhetorically and, ultimately, electorally.
Trump was asked about Corker on Tuesday as reporters were allowed into the Oval Office while he was meeting with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
"The vast majority of our caucus understand what we're dealing with here. they understand the volatility that we are dealing with and the tremendous amount of work that it takes from people around [Trump] to keep him in the middle of the road", Corker continued.
However, Trump is alleged to have remarked to associates that Corker, whose height is 5-foot-7, was too short for the top diplomat position.
Only eight percent think Trump is making the situation better, said the poll. One of the Senate's most committed deficit hawks and outspoken members on budgetary issues, Corker already has expressed concerns with the Trump administration's proposal on tax cuts, and his vote will be key to any deal getting done.
"I think we're well on our way, ' Trump said of Republican efforts to craft the bill".
The clash between Corker and Trump highlights fraying relations between the President and the men and women in Congress who the White House needs to deliver on the agenda Trump ran on.
The feud is odd because Corker was briefly considered as a vice president running mate during the 2016 campaign. When Corker later called Trump to tell him that he had chose to retire - a decision Corker made on his 65th birthday, August 24 - the president expressed disappointment, the congressional official said. Even after Trump won, Corker was on the list of possibilities for Secretary of State.