A lot of people seem worried about whether the rift between GOP senators and President Trump will hinder progress on tax reform. Sen. Bob Corker on Thursday put those worries to rest by saying that his sharp criticism of the president over his fitness for office will “absolutely not” influence his vote on tax reform.
Corker described himself as “all in” on the Republican effort to overhaul the American tax system, regardless of his personal feelings about Trump’s competence.
“This tax reform is our agenda, it’s the Republican Senate agenda,” Corker told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” The senator continued, “It would be like somebody in your listening audience representing their company, sitting across the table from someone they may have a low regard for, but are they going do something that’s going to damage their company because of that? Absolutely not.”
The feud between Corker and Trump hit a new high on Tuesday when the president unleashed a heated string of tweets. They were in response to Corker’s challenge for Trump and his team to “step aside” and let the “professionals” handle things. Corker responded to the president’s tweet tirade by saying his statements were not true. He then said that Trump “debases our country” and will not “rise to the occasion as president.”
The harshness of Corker’s criticism aimed at Trump, along with his reservations about the deficits a tax cut might impose, led some to speculate that the Tennessee senator could vote against the GOP tax reform bill.
Do you believe that Corker is “all in” and will stay in step with his GOP colleagues?