Senator Bob Corker announced his plan to retire after his term is up at the end of the year, and President Trump was not happy about it. In a series of tweets on Sunday morning, the president attacked Corker, saying he "denied the senator's request for an endorsement."
Corker and his chief of staff, Todd Womack, denied the president's claim.
"The president called Senator Corker on Monday afternoon and asked him to reconsider his decision not to seek reelection and reaffirmed that he would have endorsed him, as he has said many times," Womack said in a statement.
According to CNN, Trump told the Tennessee senator that he would endorse him on the same day Corker announced his plans to retire.
However, after Trump went after the senator on Twitter, Corker retaliated, even going on record with The New York Times.
It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) October 8, 2017
Corker told the NYT that he was "alarmed" that the president would act "like he's doing The Apprentice or something."
"He concerns me," the senator added. "He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation."
Trump's behavior of late has highlighted concerns for his top officials. According to the Times, these officials have tried to "protect the President from his own instincts" on a daily basis.
"I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it's a situation of trying to contain him," Corker told the newspaper.
Senator Corker is still a critical voice for tax reform and still remains "an influential voice" on Trump's foreign policy challenges. This includes the Iran nuclear deal.
"Donald Trump is a weak President with low approval ratings who does not command respect on Capitol Hill," Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu told anchor Ana Cabrera on CNN Newsroom. "As a result, Trump can't deliver the votes when he needs it. And to make matters worse, Donald Trump is not trying to build relationships. He lashes out and insults members of Congress. And keep in mind, Trump's deficit-exploding tax plan can only lose three Republican Senate votes before it dies."
Senator Corker has not changed his stance on the president's competency. This past August, he said Trump had not yet shown "the stability nor some of the competence" one would expect from the Commander-in-Chief. Trump's demeanor in recent weeks has also not inspired confidence.