Retiring Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn, a fierce critic of President Donald Trump, intends to offer no help ensuring a spending measure sent over from the House that includes funding for a border wall passes the upper chamber.
That’s according to Fox News Chief White House Correspondent John Roberts, who reported that Corker plans to head back to Tennessee ahead of a looming vote on the stopgap spending measure.
@realDonaldTrump blew off an Oval Office farewell with @SenBobCorker, Corker now says he’s heading home to Chattanooga tomorrow, regardless of whether he is needed for a vote on a border security funding measure,” Roberts tweeted.
After @realDonaldTrump blew off an Oval Office farewell with @SenBobCorker , Corker now says he's heading home to Chattanooga tomorrow, regardless of whether he is needed for a vote on a border security funding measure.
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) December 20, 2018
In noting that Corker’s decision comes after Trump skipped out on his farewell party on what was a very busy day for the president, it would suggest that the lawmaker is angry over the snub and is looking to settle a petty score in the face of a critically important issue before the Senate.
Amid reports that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may go nuclear, needing only 51 votes to pass the House bill, rounding up 51 Republican senators could prove to be a bigger challenge than it should be and every vote matters.
‘Mitch, go nuclear’: Pressure builds on McConnell to pass border wall funding bill with 51 votes https://t.co/Xdk0xlkRIs pic.twitter.com/PL4OUcWsLA
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 21, 2018
But Corker has let it be known that he could care less, even laughing at his GOP colleagues as they try to find a way to move forward on border security.
More from Politico:
Bob Corker could only laugh at Republicans’ predicament as President Donald Trump vowed not to sign the Senate’s stopgap spending bill. He laughed harder still when Ted Cruz walked by and insisted the party must fund the border wall.
The retiring GOP senator seemed almost punch-drunk on the chaos of the last few days as Trump again threatens a shutdown over border wall funding that Democrats simply won’t give him. But Corker said there was little to do other than sit back, watch the shutdown circus and keep a good sense of humor.
“Well, why not?” Corker responded when asked about his laughter. “You can’t make this stuff up. Y’all have fun.”
And the political class and their media allies can’t seem to figure out why so many Americans have such contempt for them.
While some social media users called on Corker to do his job, others suggested that he would likely not vote for the spending bill just to spite Trump.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
Our leaders have forgotten that they are public servants and work for us.
— Shaan (@africanus786) December 20, 2018
So, he is so small, that he is willing to punish 62 million people because he is mad at one person. That’s a politician for you!
— Diana Mello (@Diana_Mello) December 20, 2018
Is he leaving his paycheck behind?
— kevin (@otiskennedy) December 21, 2018
Only in politics… Anywhere else in the working world that wouldn’t work.
— Fallau (@JFallau) December 20, 2018
If @SenBobCorker leaves before the vote for the wall he is putting his personal feelings ahead of what’s best for America & its citizens! #BuildThatWall
— Vrod (@vrod1234) December 20, 2018
Corker might want to rethink his choices. DC has him thinking that he’s special. Come 2019 he won’t be. That’s not that far away. He gets paid to do what we ask, not what he feels is best. For him.
— E (@eviltechguy) December 21, 2018
Do your job Bob
— Mark A Bottorff (@MarkABottorff) December 20, 2018
If he’s not going to honor his oath and fulfill the duties of his job perhaps.@senatemajldr should look into withholding his retirement benefits?
— Lucylu (@wino911) December 21, 2018
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