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How Senator Corker’s Remarks May Backfire

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Sen. Bob Corker’s comments about President Trump are still reverberating through Washington. Trump, aides say, is livid by the direct assault by a member of his own party — and from a person whose support he had courted. Among GOP leadership on Capitol Hill, Corker criticism of the president’s leadership and strategic thinking has drawn lots of quiet affirmation. More broadly, Corker is understood to have said the inside part out loud — putting voice to what even many in the president’s own party believe about him. But it may come at a cost, as it draws more attention to the efforts by the president’s aides and the GOP to contain Trump — and thereby cause him to lash out. Trump seems to be doing some of that on Twitter Tuesday morning, as his relationships with his senior-most aides appear to be fraying.

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“The Failing @nytimes set Liddle’ Bob Corker up by recording his conversation. Was made to sound a fool, and that’s what I am dealing with!” — Trump on Twitter Tuesday morning

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