President Trump fires back at Sen. Corker with tweet - WSMV News 4

President Trump fires back at Sen. Corker with tweet

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Sen. Bob Corker, R-TN, appeared with Donald Trump at a rally in July. (WSMV) Sen. Bob Corker, R-TN, appeared with Donald Trump at a rally in July. (WSMV)

President Donald Trump is reacting to Sen. Bob Corker's recent criticisms of his leadership.

In a tweet Friday morning, the president blasted Corker, claiming that Corker has asked him if he should run for office in 2018.

The full tweet reads: "Strange statement by Bob Corker considering that he is constantly asking me whether or not to run again in '18. Tennessee not happy!"

Corker expressed concerns last week that the president has not shown competency for leadership, following Trump's response to the violence in Charlottesville, VA.

"The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful. And we need him to be successful," said Corker last week. "I think our president needs to take stock of the role that he plays in our nation and move beyond himself, move way beyond himself, and move to a place where daily he's waking up, thinking about what is best for our nation."

On Thursday, White House press secretary Sara Huckabee Sanders responded to a reporter's question about Corker during her media briefing.

"I think that's a ridiculous and outrageous claim and doesn't dignify a response from this podium," she said.

Tennessee lawmakers reacted to Corker and Trump’s statements.

“We have respect for him, we appreciate what he’s doing, but his tenure is finished,” Rep. Judd Matheny, R-Tullahoma, said of Corker.

Others criticized Corker’s comments for being too little, too late.

“Bob Corker, he endorse this president. He helped this president. He campaigned for this president,” said Mary Mancini with the Tennessee Democratic Party. “He knew exactly who Donald Trump was when he joined the campaign in 2016.”

MTSU professor and News 4 political analyst issued the following statement on Friday:

President Trump is not helping himself by continuing to attack fellow Republicans, especially those like Bob Corker who have tried to be supportive.

Stay with News 4 for updates on this developing story.

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