Corker says GOP cowers before Trump after party leaders block trade bill

Lester Mason
June 14, 2018

"No, I think they made some representations about their intentions but this is the beginning of a long process", Cornyn said. We might upset the president of the United States before the midterms, so, gosh, we can't vote on the Corker amendment because we're taking - rightly so - the responsibility we have to deal with tariffs and revenues. I would bet that 95 percent of the people on this side of the aisle support intellectually this amendment.

"The United States Senate, right now, on June 12, is becoming a body where, well, we'll do what we can do, but my gosh, if the president gets upset with us, then we might not be in the majority", Corker said.

Yesterday, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) blew up at fellow Republicans for not publicly supporting his bill to rein in President Trump's powers on trade.

Trump announced this month that his administration would be imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum from allies like Canada, Mexico and Europe on the basis of national security.

"We have been here a year and a half and because Senators, United Senators that are elected by people in their state don't want to cast a tough vote, they block everybody from voting", he said. I would bet higher than 95 per cent.

"My gosh, if the president gets upset with us we might not be in the majority", said Corker. 'Gosh, we might poke the bear, ' is the language I've been hearing in the hallways...


Corker said the ability to cite national security to issue tariffs at will, as Trump is now threatening to do on auto imports, allows the president to "wake up one morning, without going through any of these processes, and decide that on national security grounds he is going to put tariffs in place".

Corker last week was told that his amendment may have a so-called "blue slip" issue should it reach the House of Representatives, a technical issue that requires revenue-related legislation to originate in the House.

"If we as a country begin claiming that every single item is a national security issue, what that means is that other countries will do the same", Corker said on the Senate floor.

The Oklahoma Republican said he did not like when Senators try to put amendments like Corker's in must-pass legislation. 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.

But the as the floor manager, U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., who is managing the defense bill and offered the objection.

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