GOP Senator Suggests Trump Is Threat To National Security

Three top officials in the Trump administration “help separate our country from chaos,” and the president is not one of them, a Republican senator declared Wednesday.

CNN reported that Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, a former Trump supporter and adviser, was referring to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis. “They work very well together to make sure the policies we put forth around the world are sound and coherent,” the lawmaker explained. “There are other people within the administration that don’t. I hope they stay because they’re valuable to the national security of our nation.”

Corker, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recently announced that he will not seek re-election next year. He accused Trump of undercutting his State Department chief, who is attempting to find a diplomatic solution to the nation’s conflict with North Korea. The president, repeating his derogatory term for North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, tweeted Sunday morning: “I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful secretary of state, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man.”

Such comments have put Tillerson “in an incredibly frustrating place,” according to Corker, who told reporters on Capitol Hill: “He ends up not being supported in the way I would hope a secretary of state would be supported. ... He’s in a very trying situation, trying to solve many of the world’s problems without the support and help I’d like to see him have.”

CNN noted that Corker was reportedly on Trump’s short list of vice-presidential candidates. The president also considered putting the senator in charge of the State Department. By August, Corker had become disenchanted with the administration. He claimed that Trump had “not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful.” The president fired back by tweeting: “Strange statement by Bob Corker considering that he is constantly asking me whether or not he should run again in ‘18. Tennessee not happy!”

On Wednesday, Tillerson called a press conference to deny reports that he considered resigning during the summer. He declined to confirm or reject an NBC News story citing three sources who said they heard the secretary of state call Trump a “moron.” A State Department spokeswoman later issued an official denial, but NBC stood by its reporting.

Regarding reports that Vice President Mike Pence intervened to discourage him from stepping down, Tillerson responded: “The vice president has never had to persuade me to remain as secretary of state because I have never considered leaving this post.” He described as “erroneous” another story that described his “fury” at Trump for contradicting the department’s policies.

The secretary suggested that “some who try to sow dissension” were responsible for the reports. However, when asked whether he had called the president a “moron,” Tillerson did not give a direct answer. “The places I come from, we don’t deal with that kind of petty nonsense,” he said. “I’m just not going to be part of this effort to divide this administration.”

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