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Sen. Corker Blows Up at His Fellow Republicans for Their Fear of Angering Trump: 'We Might Poke the Bear!'

June 12, 2018 in Blogs

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

“I can't believe it!”

Out of frustration and disappointment with his Republican colleagues, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) castigated the other members of his party on Tuesday for blocking an amendment he has proposed to constrain President Donald Trump's tariff powers.

He argued that his fellow Republican senators overwhelmingly support the legislation, dubbed the “Corker Amendment,” but they have decided not to bring it to the floor out of fear of angering the president. Trump has recently used discretionary tariff powers, delegated for the president's use for reasons of national security, to levy taxes on imports of aluminum and steel from even close American allies.

“I heard the senior senator from Texas saying the other day, 'Well gosh, we might upset the president!'” Corker said. “I can't believe it!”

He continued: “'We might poke the bear!' is the language I've been hearing in the hallways… 'The president might get upset with us as United States senators if we vote on the Corker Amendment, so we're going to do whatever we can to block it!'”

His agitation became clear as he continued his speech on the Senate floor, and he raised his voice to the point of yelling at the other lawmakers. But even as he called for the Republicans to simply give his amendment an up-or-down vote, he acknowledged that there's no way it will actually happen.

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