Trump attacks Corker: ‘Tennessee not happy’ with GOP senator

President Trump on Friday fired back at Republican Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSenate campaign fundraising reports roll in Congress should take the lead on reworking a successful Iran deal North Korea tensions ease ahead of Winter Olympics MORE (Tenn.), tweeting that Corker has privately asked the president whether he should run for reelection.

Trump was responding to Corker’s remarks last week that Trump lacks the “stability” and “competence” to be president.

“Strange statement by Bob Corker considering that he is constantly asking me whether or not he should run again in '18. Tennessee not happy!” Trump tweeted.

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Corker last week criticized Trump’s reaction to violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., saying he hasn't shown that he understands what "made this nation great.”

"I do think there need to be some radical changes. The president has not yet ... been able to demonstrate the stability, nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful, and we need for him to be successful," Corker said.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders ripped Corker for the comments during Thursday’s press briefing, the first one since the senator’s remarks.

"I think that’s a ridiculous and outrageous claim and doesn’t dignify a response from this podium,” Sanders said in response to a question about Corker’s statement.

The senator’s comments raised eyebrows both because of his stature within Congress as well as his past support for Trump. Corker is up for reelection in 2018.

Corker first won election in 2006 for an open seat after Sen. Bill Frist’s (R) retirement, narrowly beating Democrat Harold Ford Jr. by less than 3 points. But he cruised to reelection in 2012 with more than 64 percent of the vote.

Corker was briefly considered to be Trump’s vice president last year before removing himself from consideration.

Trump has fired shots at a number of Republicans this week. On Thursday he attacked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE (R-Ky.) and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders pitch children's health funding in plan to avert shutdown Lawmakers see shutdown’s odds rising Fix what we’ve got and make Medicare right this year MORE (R-Wis.) in a tweet, blasting them for not tying a measure raising the debt ceiling to a veterans affairs bill. He also slammed McConnell for failing to repeal ObamaCare last month.

And Trump ripped Arizona Sens. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeMcCain rips Trump for attacks on press Bipartisan group to introduce DACA bill in House Flake's anti-Trump speech will make a lot of noise, but not much sense MORE and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcCain rips Trump for attacks on press NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Meghan McCain says her father regrets opposition to MLK Day MORE during a rally in Phoenix on Tuesday, though he mentioned neither by name. He also hit Flake in a tweet the morning after the rally.