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“I deal with people throughout the administration and he from my perspective is in an incredibly frustrating place,” Corker said of Tillerson, later adding, “he ends up not being supportive in the way that I would hope a Secretary of State would be supported and that’s just from my vantage point.”
“They work very well together to make sure the policies we put forth across the world are, you know, sound and coherent,” he said of Tillerson, Mattis and Kelly. “There are other people within the administration in my belief that don’t. OK? Sorry,” he said with a laugh.
A source familiar with Corker’s comments said the senator’s post was in direct response to Trump’s tweets this morning, and took issue with accuracy of the president’s statements.
“All claims made are false,” the source said of Trump’s tweets, adding, “The president called the senator early last week and asked him to reconsider his decision not to seek reelection and reaffirmed that he would have endorsed him, as he has said many times.”
Earlier Sunday, before the Corker tweets, Mick Mulvaney, the White House’s director of the Office of Management and Budget, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he enjoys working with Corker and, now that he isn’t seeking re-election, “I think it sort of unleashes him to do whatever, and say whatever, he wants to say.”
“But I don’t think we’re that close to chaos anyway,” he said, adding, “I’m in the White House every single day and I’ve never seen the chaos that gets reported outside. I’ve never seen the infighting the back-biting.”
Late last month, Corker announced
that he would not see re-election, fueling speculation that he might challenge the president in a GOP primary.
And Sunday’s comments come after
reports earlier this week that Tillerson was on the verge of resigning this past summer amid mounting policy disputes and clashes with the White House. http://www.revengenews.com/