Cooper: Prodding a president

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., addresses the Rotary Club of Chattanooga at the Chattanooga Convention Center in August 2017.

Remarks by Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., about President Donald Trump at the Rotary Club of Chattanooga Thursday may get him on the president's growing naughty list of fellow Republicans, but beyond the senator's remarks about "stability" and "competence" are words we believe are most important.

"[O]ur nation and our world need for him to be successful, whether you are a Republican or Democrat," he told club members.

Following eight years where a president governed against the majority domestically and backed the country down from playing a leadership role in the world, Trump came into office with an opportunity to, and the enthusiasm for, righting the ship.

He said he wanted to take on the challenges of health care program and tax reform, to shut off the Southern border from illegal immigration and to drive the country to "win again" on the foreign stage.