U.S. Sen. Bob Corker today called for "radical changes" in the White House to bring more stability and confidence to Donald Trump's presidency.
"The president 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 - and our nation and our world needs for him to be successful, whether you are Republican or Democrat," Corker told the Chattanooga Rotary club today.
In some of his sharpest criticisms yet of President Trump, the Tennessee Republican chided Trump for his comments about the fatal protest rally last weekend in Charlottesville, Va., Trump's "hot rhetoric" about North Korea and his tweets criticizing fellow Republicans in the Congress.
"We're at a point where there needs to be radical changes at the White House - it has to happen," Corker told reporters following his luncheon address. "He (President Trump) recently has not demonstrated that he understands the character of our nation - what has made it great and what it is today. He's got to demonstrate the characteristics of a president who understands that. Without those things happening, our nation is going to go through great peril."
Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Trump "needs to move beyond himself and move to a place where he thinks what is best for the nation."
Despite instances of partisan, ideological and racial polarization across the country, Corker urged Trump to try to reconcile differences, rather than inflame heated emotions.
"We should hope that he aspires, that he does some self reflection, and that he does what is necessary to demonstrate stability, to demonstrate competence and demonstrate he understands the character of our nation and works daily to bring out the best from the people of our nation," Corker said. "Helping to inspire divisions because it generates support from your base is not a formula for causing our nation to advance and to overcome the many issues that we have to deal with right now."
Corker said it takes more discipline and inner strength some times "to be measured" and said he disagrees with Trump's recent twitter criticisms of Republican Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Lindsey Graham, R- S.C., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Contact Dave Flessner at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 423-757-6340.
Violence in Charlottesville, Va.
- Charlottesville suspect arrested in Georgia to be extradited
- Rally sparks reflection on race, equality in Charlottesville
- Tillerson says Trump 'speaks for himself' on racial violence
- Economic adviser knocks Trump's response to Charlottesville
- Violence in Charlottesville leads to soul-searching at ACLU
- Charlottesville covers Confederate statue with black shroud
- Trump blames media for condemnation of comments on Virginia [video]
- Memphis council weighing steps to remove Confederate statues
- Cooper: Chattanooga Confederate Cemetery gesture unnecessary, empty
- NAACP plans vigil to rally support for removal of Confederate statue at Hamilton County Courthouse
- Smith: Reject the violence, intimidation; it's not speech
- Anger boils over at Charlottesville, Va., council meeting
- Sohn: Our monumental anger needs healing
- Cooper: Is there an end to sanitizing?
- Kennedy: Embers of war can reignite
- Sohn: Thank you, Sen. Corker, for brave words
- OPINION: Events in Charlottesville begin to reverberate in Chattanooga
- Charlottesville exposes new threat for college campuses
- Sohn: Let Trump race-shock give way to resolve
- Hundreds attend rally in Coolidge Park; passionate, peaceful debate ensues [video, photos]
- Trump defends Confederate statues, berates his critics
- Confederate monuments removed or vandalized across the U.S.
- Corker condemns Virginia death as 'act of terror,' steers clear of Trump flap
- Greeson: Can we draw a line in the sand or water?
- Defiant Trump renews criticism of 'both sides' in protest
- Charlottesville, Va., to mourn woman killed at rally in memorial
- Mojo Burrito fires employee who went to Charlottesville, Va., rally
- Corker urges state lawmakers to remove bust of KKK leader from Capitol
- Trump blames 'both sides' for Charlottesville
- Hate-watch groups agree rally was largest in decade or more
- Trump speaks on Charlottesville: 'Racism is evil'
- Charlottesville violence fuels calls for removal of Forrest bust from state Capitol
- Officer on fatal Charlottesville crash: 'Hahahaha love this'
- Troopers killed in Charlottesville helicopter crash had close ties to East Tennessee
- Chattanoogans react to Charlottesville protests [photos]
- Friends of Chattanooga man arrested in Virginia claim he was fighting white supremacy
- Experts: Violence the result of political pressure cooker
- One of three arrested during Charlottesville rally is from Chattanooga
- Trump condemns bigotry, blames 'many sides' for violent clashes in Virginia
- White nationalist rally in Virginia brings violence
- The latest on the violent white nationalist rally being held in Charlottesville, Virginia
- Chaos boils over at what is believed to be the largest gathering of white nationalists this decade