White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday responded to 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's (R-Tenn.) suggestion that a select group of Trump administration officials "help separate our country from chaos," arguing that it is President Trump who is "keeping the world from chaos."
"I think the president is the one that's keeping the world from chaos," Sanders said. "He has an incredible team around him that's helping him lead that effort, and he's had tremendous accomplishments on the international stage by working with allies and confronting enemies."
"We're going to continue doing that. We're going to continue doing that as a team with the president leading that effort."
Corker said Wednesday that Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by AT&T - Supreme Court lets Texas abortion law stand Trump-era ban on travel to North Korea extended Want to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump MORE, Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate nears surprise deal on short-term debt ceiling hike Overnight Defense & National Security — Pentagon chiefs to Congress: Don't default Pentagon chiefs say debt default could risk national security MORE and White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE were helping to maintain order within a chaotic administration.
"I think Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Mattis and chief of staff Kelly are those people that help separate our country from chaos, and I support them very much," Corker, who announced late last month that he would not seek reelection next year, told reporters on Capitol Hill.
Corker also said that he hoped Tillerson, Mattis and Kelly would stay in their positions. His comments came shortly after Tillerson held a hastily scheduled news conference on Wednesday to push back on reports that he had considered resigning over the summer.
Pressed on what he meant by "chaos," Corker responded that the three Trump administration officials "work very well together to make sure the policies we put forth around the world are ... sound and coherent."
"There are other people within the administration, in my belief, that don't," Corker said.
Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has spoke critically of Trump in the past. Last month he said the the president had not shown the "competence" to succeed in the White House, comments that the White House later called "outrageous."