WATCH: GOP senator ‘could care less’ if Trump defunds congressional healthcare

President Trump should quit threatening to defund part of congressional healthcare plans because it’s “probably not particularly productive,” GOP Sen. Bob Corker (Tenn.) told The Hill on Tuesday. 

“I could absolutely care less, it has no effect on me whatsoever,” he said. “But if I were [Trump], instead of threatening — since it’s totally his decision — do it or don’t do it, but I would quit talking about it,” he continued in an interview with The Hill’s Molly K. Hooper. 

Over the weekend, Trump called on the Senate to keep working on a repeal of Obamacare, threatening in a tweet that, “If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!” 

Corker noted that the so-called “bailouts” for lawmakers and congressional staffers are similar to standard employer contributions for insurance. 

“Now, to call it a bailout, these people,” Corker gestured down the hallway of a Senate building, “all these staffers some of whom make almost nothing, OK? [But they] get an employer contribution just like anyone else gets who works at a company or entity they work at.” 

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman reiterated that “as it relates to me, I could care less what he does, I could care less.”