Wall Street Journal: Corker giving Trump good advice

Wall Street Journal: Corker giving Trump good advice
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The Wall Street Journal in a new editorial says Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerPoll: More voters oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination than support it Ford opens door to testifying next week Police arrest nearly two dozen Kavanaugh protesters MORE (R-Tenn.) has tried to be “helpful” to President Trump in his criticisms.

“Mr. Corker was expressing views that are widely held on Capitol Hill and even within the Trump Administration,” the editorial board wrote, referencing Corker’s August comments that Trump “has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability, nor some of the competence, that he needs to demonstrate in order for him to be successful.”

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“These men and women support the President’s policies, or at least most of them, and they remain in their jobs for the good of the cause and country. What they fear, and want to contain, are the President’s lack of discipline, short fuse, narcissism and habit of treating even foreign heads of state as if they are Rosie O’Donnell,” the Journal editorial continued.

The newspaper’s editorial comes amid the ongoing feud between Trump and Corker that reached personal levels over the weekend with both launching attacks against the other on Twitter.

Trump claimed Sunday that Corker “didn’t have the guts to run” for reelection and that the senator sought his endorsement, which Trump said he declined to provide.

Corker responded by describing the White House as “an adult day care center.” His chief of staff also said Trump urged the senator to run for reelection and offered his endorsement.

“In other words, Mr. Corker was trying to be helpful by telling the truth. And he has standing to do so because he has tried to steer Mr. Trump in a constructive direction without personal grandstanding,” the Journal's editorial board wrote.

The newspaper argued the best strategy for the GOP is for its members in Congress to “keep pressing good policies,” specifically on tax reform.

“The more Congress and the Cabinet can accomplish on their own, the less hostage they will be to Mr. Trump’s impulsive turns,” the editorial said.