Trump escalates feud with Corker

Trump's gibe at Corker echoed his name-calling during the presidential campaign when he labelled Senator Marco Rubio "Little Marco", dubbed Senator Ted Cruz "Lyin' Ted" and called Hillary Clinton "Crooked Hillary".

"The Failing New York Times set Liddle' Bob Corker up by recording his conversation".

"The Failing [New York Times] set Liddle' Bob Corker up by recording his conversation". "Was made to sound a fool, and that's what I'm dealing with". "But if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests. I don't like normally talking to you on the record - I'm kidding you - but I will".

"I think I've had four conversations with him about my re-election. he encouraged me to run and said he would do a rally and endorse me", Corker said.

This is a developing story.

Trump's jab escalated a war of words between the two that began in earnest on Sunday when Trump claimed that Corker had begged for his endorsement in 2018, then decided not to run for reelection when he couldn't obtain it - an assertion vigorously denied by Corker's chief of staff.

But by Tuesday afternoon, The Times released audio of Corker explicitly asking for his bombshell interview to be recorded. "I don't believe in undercutting people".

"Senator Corker worked with Nancy Pelosi and the Obama administration to pave the way for that and rolled out the red carpet for the Iran deal", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a briefing. Roy Blunt of Missouri, a member of the GOP leadership, told reporters Tuesday at the Capitol.

Corker's comments have already infuriated Trump's base. Bob Corker's warning that his brash and unsteady style could put the United States "on the path to World War III". "Corker and the people of Tennessee", Sanders said.

Trump on Tuesday rejected the suggestion that he was risking a nuclear war.

Corker's comments echoed what some Republicans say privately, and drew public backing from another Republican who's announced his retirement, Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, who said more Republicans should be willing to speak out against Trump. Instead, Trump said the country was "on the wrong path before" on the North Korea threat. "He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said "NO THANKS". The Senate's failure on health care has also led Trump to attack Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the past. Steve Bannon, Trump's former chief strategist who was let go from the White House earlier this year, called on the senator to resign in response.

The president has been feuding for days with the Tennessee Republican senator, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is the Senate's most outspoken "deficit hawk".