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Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., speaks with reporters before heading into a policy luncheon on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Bob Corker urged Trump to leave foreign policy 'to the professionals'


Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) says that President Trump should leave foreign policy matters “to the professionals for a while.”

“I want to support these efforts that are underway,” he said Tuesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“The president undermines our secretary of State, raises tensions in the area by virtue of the tweets that he sends out,” Corker continued.

“And I would just like for him to leave it to the professionals for a while and see if we can do something that’s constructive for our country, the region, and the world.”

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Corker also suggested that Trump is hindering Secretary of State Rex Tillerson from working with China to halt North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.

“Really, when you look at the fact that we’ve got this issue in North Korea and the president continues to kneecap his diplomatic representative, the secretary of State, and really move him away from successful diplomatic negotiations with China, which is key to this, you’re taking us on a path to combat,” he said.

Corker’s remarks Tuesday is the latest chapter in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman’s ongoing feud with Trump.

The Tennessee Republican announced in September that he plans on retiring at the end of his term and has since emerged as a vocal critic of Trump.

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Corker tweeted earlier this month that the White House has become “an adult day care center” for Trump.

The senator also told The New York Times earlier in October that Trump’s behavior could set the U.S. “on the path to World War III.”

Trump began sparring with Corker earlier this month after he said he refused to endorse the senator for a 2018 reelection campaign.

Corker’s office has since denied Trump’s claim, arguing the president actually encouraged him to run and urged him not to retire instead.

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