Sometimes a defender, occasionally a scold: Sen. Corker has Trump's ear

Sometimes a defender, occasionally a scold: Sen. Corker has Trump's ear

July 17th, 2017 by The Tennessean in National Political

In this May 2, 2017 file photo, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., speaks to members of the media as he arrives for a policy luncheon with Vice President Mike Pence, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Trump White House picked the worst possible time to criticize a package of new Russia sanctions that is heading toward almost certain and overwhelming approval by Congress. Corker, the Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said the White House offered very little input into the legislation. And now White House complaints over a key section of the bill are drowned out amid stunning revelations on Tuesday, July 11, that President Donald Trump's eldest son met with a Russian lawyer after being promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton supplied by the Kremlin. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Photo by Associated Press /Times Free Press.

WASHINGTON – Sen. Bob Corker was clearly frustrated when he told a television interviewer in early May that the Trump administration needed a more consistent foreign policy.

"Thus far," said the Tennessee Republican, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, "it's not hitting on all eight."

Fast forward four weeks, and Corker was practically gushing over Donald Trump's first overseas trip as president — one that most had labeled an outright disaster. "Executed to near perfection," he said.

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