Ex-Trump aide: Corker should resign if he can't support the president

Jason Miller, a former aide to President Trump, on Monday suggested Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerFormer Dem Tenn. gov to launch Senate bid: report McConnell 'almost certain' GOP will pass tax reform Former New Mexico gov: Trump's foreign policy is getting 'criticized by everybody' MORE (R-Tenn.) resign following his feud with the president, arguing Tennessee’s governor could appoint Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnFormer Dem Tenn. gov to launch Senate bid: report Google, Facebook and Drudge: What the new titans of media mean for America Learning from the states: Feds should adopt anti-pyramid scheme law MORE (R-Tenn.) to take his place. 

“And look, if Senator Corker is retiring and he doesn't want to be in the U.S. Senate and he doesn't want to support President Trump and doesn’t want to support such basic conservative principles, he should just resign,” Miller told CNN’s “New Day.” 

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“Let the governor of Tennessee go and appoint a conservative like Marsha Blackburn, the congresswoman who’s running to replace Senator Corker and get somebody in there who’s actually going to support the president.”

Blackburn last week announced her bid for the seat that Corker will vacate after his term ends in 2018.

Miller’s comments come after the feud between Corker and Trump escalated over the weekend with personal insults on Twitter.

The president in an early morning tweetstorm on Sunday said Corker “didn’t have the guts” to run for reelection and claimed the senator sought his endorsement, which Trump said he declined to provide. Corker shot back by describing the White House as “an adult day care center.”

“It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center,” Corker wrote in a tweet. “Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”

Corker’s chief of staff later said Trump encouraged Corker to run for reelection and offered his endorsement.

Miller on the Monday morning television show criticized Corker for his change in tone toward the president now that he is retiring.

“Look, Senator Corker definitely didn't mind kissing up to President Trump when he wanted to be vice president, when he wanted to be secretary of State,” Miller said.

“But now since he didn't get either of these positions and now he's retiring, he seems to just be kind of letting it all hang out there.”