Corker: Trump's 'unpredictability' helps him in negotiations
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Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP How leaving Afghanistan cancels our post-9/11 use of force The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  MORE (R-Tenn.) says President TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE's "unpredictability" has helped him in negotiations.

“The president and I haven’t always seen eye to eye. On the other hand, I’ve seen where that unpredictability has been helpful in negotiations,” Corker said at a panel discussion with The Washington Post at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. 

Corker, the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee chairman and a frequent critic of the president, gave Trump credit for the passage of a tax reform bill and for rolling back a number of regulations.


He also said Trump's unpredictability gave him an edge in discussions over the Iran nuclear agreement.

Trump has called it the "worst deal ever negotiated" but also refrained from withdrawing the U.S. from the deal. Corker said that has kept allies at the negotiating table.

"Our European allies are far more interested in talking with us about what we might do as the result of the fact we have someone who is somewhat predictable in this way," he said. 

But Corker said he also believed taht Trump's unpredictability "can work to our disadvantage" at times.

Corker and Trump feuded publicly last year, with the senator saying he regretted backing him in 2016 and claiming Trump would be remembered for "debasing" the nation. Trump claimed Corker, who is not seeking reelection, decided to retire after the president refused to endorse him.