Corker: GOP becoming “cult-like situation’ under Trump

Corker’s comments come after being blocked from getting a vote on his bill to rein in Trump on tariffs on imports from U.S. allies and neighbors.

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Republican Senator Bob Corker (Tenn.) on Wednesday likened members of his party to acting “cult-like” in their support of President Trump, pointing to leadership’s unwillingness to challenge the White House on tariffs, according to POLITICO.

“We are in a strange place. I mean, it’s almost, it’s becoming a cultish thing, isn’t it? And it’s not a good place for any party to end up with a cult-like situation as it relates to a president that happens to be of — purportedly, of the same party,” Corker told reporters on Capitol Hill.

“Is leadership in general not wishing to poke the bear? Absolutely, because it’s all about the next election, right?” said Corker, who is retiring after 2018.
Corker’s comments come after being blocked from getting a vote on his bill to rein in Trump on tariffs against U.S. allies. His bill, backed by about a dozen senators, would require congressional approval if Trump wanted to impose tariffs in the name of national security.
Trump sparked a backlash from GOP lawmakers after his decision to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico. Despite this, GOP leadership has shown little interest in legislation that would go against Trump.
Such a move would set up an explosive showdown between the president and members of his own party months before the midterm elections, and would likely provoke Trump to lash out at individual members as he has down many times in the past.

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