Trump Calls Senator Corker 'Liddle Bob' on Twitter

Betraying the kids

Betraying the kids

Corker expressed his frustration with the president openly last week in an interview with The New York Times.

The inclusion of the term "liddle" is an escalation of sorts for Trump, who famously branded his political enemies with similar monikers like "Crooked Hillary" and "Lyin Ted".

Some White House officials said they expected Mr. Corker to still support the budget measure next week because he already voted for it in committee, but other advisers to Mr. Trump have said privately that they anxious the president was sacrificing his agenda for another round of personal sniping.

"I think it's fake news, but if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests", Trump told the magazine.

One of the people close to the White House said the dispute with Corker also could undermine attempts by Chief of Staff John Kelly to impose more order in the West Wing, including developing a systematic campaign to sell the tax plan to voters. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.

She said that Trump has tried to work with the Republican establishment in good faith, including giving them a wide berth to repeal and replace ObamaCare, and he's repeatedly been let down.

"What they fear, and want to contain, are the president's lack of discipline, short fuse, narcissism and habit of treating even foreign heads of state as if they are Rosie O'Donnell", the Journal said.

"But nonetheless", he adds, "I think Corker was not a reliable ally in the Senate".

Trump's criticism of the Tennessee Republican drew a response in which Corker referred to the White House as an "adult day care".

Graham tweeted the round was "great fun" with a "great host".

The Journal added: "The more Congress and the Cabinet can accomplish on their own, the less hostage they will be to Mr. Trump's impulsive turns".

"Many of them are concerned about being the victim of a tweet", said Representative Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on MSNBC today.

That aside, the Twitter brawl comes as the Trump administration is trying to pass major legislative achievements, including tax reform.

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